Imbrication Im`bri*ca"tion, n. [Cf. F. imbrication.] An overlapping of the edges, like that of tiles or shingles; hence, intricacy of structure; also, a pattern or decoration representing such a structure. [1913 Webster]

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  • imbrication — [ ɛ̃brikasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1812; de imbriqué ♦ Disposition de choses imbriquées. Fig. « l imbrication [...] de mes souvenirs » (Proust). ● imbrication nom féminin (de imbriquer) État des choses qui se recouvrent mutuellement, à la façon des tuiles d …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • imbrication — (n.) 1640s, from Fr. imbrication, from L. imbricare to cover with tiles, from imbricem (nom. imbrex) curved roof tile used to draw off rain, from imber (gen. imbris) rain, from PIE *ombh ro rain (Cf. Skt. abhra cloud, thunder cloud, rainy weather …   Etymology dictionary

  • imbrication — [im΄bri kā′shən] n. [see IMBRICATE] 1. an overlapping, as of tiles or scales 2. an ornamental pattern like this …   English World dictionary

  • Imbrication — wict|Imbrication is the arrangement of planar bodies such that they stack in a consistent fashion rather like a toppled run of dominoes.*In roofing, imbrication is employed in the Imbrex and tegula system. *imbrication (sedimentology). *Vowel… …   Wikipedia

  • imbrication — noun Date: 1713 1. an overlapping of edges (as of tiles or scales) 2. a decoration or pattern showing imbrication …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • imbrication —    An overlapping, as of tiles, shingles, feathers or scales for instance. There is a basket weaving technique called imbrication. Also see kern and kerning …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • IMBRICATION — n. f. Action d’imbriquer ou Résultat de cette action …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • imbrication — n. [L. imbricare, to cover with tiles] An overlapping at the margins as of tiles or shingles; imbricate adj …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • imbrication — /im bri kay sheuhn/, n. 1. an overlapping, as of tiles or shingles. 2. a decoration or pattern resembling this. 3. Surg. overlapping of layers of tissue in the closure of wounds or in the correction of defects. 4. Geol. shingling. [1640 50;… …   Universalium

  • imbrication — noun a) a set of tiles or shingles that overlap like the scales of a fish b) overlapping of layers of tissue in wound closure or correctional surgery …   Wiktionary

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