What does umbrella mean?

Definitions for umbrella
ʌmˈbrɛl əum·brel·la

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. umbrellanoun

    a lightweight handheld collapsible canopy

  2. umbrellanoun

    a formation of military planes maintained over ground operations or targets

    "an air umbrella over England"

  3. umbrellaadjective

    having the function of uniting a group of similar things

    "the Democratic Party is an umbrella for many liberal groups"; "under the umbrella of capitalism"

  4. umbrellaadjective

    covering or applying simultaneously to a number of similar items or elements or groups

    "an umbrella organization"; "umbrella insurance coverage"

Wiktionary

  1. umbrellanoun

    Cloth-covered frame used for protection against rain or sun.

    Quick, grab that umbrella before you get rained on!

  2. umbrellanoun

    Generally, anything that provides protection.

    The fighters provide a defensive air umbrella over the battle group.

  3. umbrellanoun

    Something that covers a wide range of concepts, purposes, groups and etc.

    The test facility was established under the umbrella of the company's quality program.

  4. umbrellanoun

    The main body of a jellyfish, excluding the tentacles.

    Jellyfish are composed of more than 90% water and most of their umbrella mass is made up of gelatinous material.

  5. Etymology: From ombrella, umbrella, dim. of ombra, from umbra.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Umbrel, Umbrellanoun

    A skreen used in hot countries to keep off the sun, and in others to bear off the rain.

    Etymology: from umbra, Lat.

    I can carry your umbrella, and fan your ladyship. Dryden.

    Good housewives
    Defended by th’ umbrella’s oily shed,
    Safe through the wet on clinking pattens tread. John Gay.

Wikipedia

  1. Umbrella

    An umbrella or parasol is a folding canopy supported by wooden or metal ribs that is usually mounted on a wooden, metal, or plastic pole. It is designed to protect a person against rain or sunlight. The term umbrella is traditionally used when protecting oneself from rain, with parasol used when protecting oneself from sunlight, though the terms continue to be used interchangeably. Often the difference is the material used for the canopy; some parasols are not waterproof, and some umbrellas are transparent. Umbrella canopies may be made of fabric or flexible plastic. There are also combinations of parasol and umbrella that are called en-tout-cas (French for "in any case").Umbrellas and parasols are primarily hand-held portable devices sized for personal use. The largest hand-portable umbrellas are golf umbrellas. Umbrellas can be divided into two categories: fully collapsible umbrellas, in which the metal pole supporting the canopy retracts, making the umbrella small enough to fit in a handbag, and non-collapsible umbrellas, in which the support pole cannot retract and only the canopy can be collapsed. Another distinction can be made between manually operated umbrellas and spring-loaded automatic umbrellas, which spring open at the press of a button. Hand-held umbrellas have a type of handle which can be made from wood, a plastic cylinder or a bent "crook" handle (like the handle of a cane). Umbrellas are available in a range of price and quality points, ranging from inexpensive, modest quality models sold at discount stores to expensive, finely made, designer-labeled models. Larger parasols capable of blocking the sun for several people are often used as fixed or semi-fixed devices, used with patio tables or other outdoor furniture, or as points of shade on a sunny beach. Parasol may also be called sunshade, or beach umbrella (US English). An umbrella may also be called a brolly (UK slang), parapluie (nineteenth century, French origin), rainshade, gamp (British, informal, dated), or bumbershoot (rare, facetious American slang). When used for snow, it is called a paraneige.

ChatGPT

  1. umbrella

    An umbrella is a portable device designed to protect against rain or sunlight. It typically consists of a circular canopy of cloth or other material stretched on ribs of metal, wood or plastic, mounted on a central pole or handle. The canopy opens and closes manually or automatically, and when not in use, the umbrella can be collapsed into a compact size.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Umbrellanoun

    a shade, screen, or guard, carried in the hand for sheltering the person from the rays of the sun, or from rain or snow. It is formed of silk, cotton, or other fabric, extended on strips of whalebone, steel, or other elastic material, inserted, or fastened to, a rod or stick by means of pivots or hinges, in such a way as to allow of being opened and closed with ease. See Parasol

  2. Umbrellanoun

    the umbrellalike disk, or swimming bell, of a jellyfish

  3. Umbrellanoun

    any marine tectibranchiate gastropod of the genus Umbrella, having an umbrella-shaped shell; -- called also umbrella shell

Freebase

  1. Umbrella

    An umbrella or parasol is a canopy designed to protect against rain or sunlight. The word parasol usually refers to an item designed to protect from the sun; umbrella refers to a device more suited to protect from rain. Often the difference is the material; some parasols are not waterproof. Parasols are often meant to be fixed to one point and often used with patio tables or other outdoor furniture. Umbrellas are almost exclusively hand-held portable devices; however, parasols can also be hand-held. The collapsible umbrella may have first been used in China, although its appearance elsewhere seems to have been independent, and had sliding levers similar to those in use today. The word umbrella comes from the Latin word umbra, meaning shade or shadow Brolly is a slang word for umbrella, used often in Britain, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Kenya. Bumbershoot is a fanciful Americanism from the late 19th century.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Umbrella

    um-brel′a, n. a familiar covered sliding frame carried in the hand, as a screen from rain or sunshine.—n. Umbrell′a-bird, a fruit-crow of South America, so called from its radiating crest.—adj. Umbrellaed (um-brel′äd), provided with an umbrella.—ns. Umbrell′a-grass, an Australian grass with millet-like seeds; Umbrell′a-stand, a stand in the hall of a house for holding umbrellas; Umbrell′a-tree, a small magnolia of the United States. [It. ombrella, dim. of ombra, a shade—L. umbra.]

Editors Contribution

  1. umbrella

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    Umbrellas are created in various sizes and it is true that we use them most times when it rains.


    Submitted by MaryC on October 5, 2016  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Umbrella

    From the Latin umbra, a shade. The original function of such an article was to act as a shelter against the scorching rays of the sun, similar to those monster white or coloured umbrellas one sees in a Continental market-place. It was Jonas Hanway who first diverted it from its proper use. See “Hanway Street.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of umbrella in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of umbrella in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of umbrella in a Sentence

  1. Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo:

    There is a defense umbrella contained within South Korea, there is a defense umbrella for Japan, there are naval assets between Korea, Japan and Guam, and there is a missile defense system of Guam that make up a multi-level defensive umbrella.

  2. Mark Twain:

    A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.

  3. Douglas William Jerrold:

    He was so benevolent, so merciful a man that, in his mistaken passion, he would have held an umbrella over a duck in a shower of rain.

  4. Kaye Marks:

    ' Equine-assisted activities and therapies' is an umbrella term, and all of the different types [ of activities ] fall underneath our umbrella.

  5. Jean Kerr:

    Life with Mary was like being in a telephone booth with an open umbrella-no matter which way you turned, you got it in the eye.

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