• WordNet 3.6
    • n imbrication covering with a design in which one element covers a part of another (as with tiles or shingles)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n imbrication The state of being imbricate; an overlapping of the edges (real or simulated), like that of tiles or shingles.
    • n imbrication Masonry laid in ornamental designs, in stone of various colors, brick, terra-cotta, or a combination of these materials.
    • n imbrication A hollow resembling that of a gutter-tile.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Imbrication a concave indenture, as of a tile: an overlapping of the edges: ornamental masonry
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. imbrication,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. imbricāre, -ātumimbrex, a gutter-tile—imber; a shower.


In literature:

In habit it is like that of the tea, but the buds are covered with imbricate scales.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
The imbricated Tricholoma, T. imbricata.
"Among the Mushrooms" by Ellen M. Dallas and Caroline A. Burgin
It has, however, a very ample bract, which supports a large imbricate calyx, the members of which have stiff bristle-like hairs.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
The petals are flat, and rest in an imbricated manner, one on the other, as in some varieties of the Anemone.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
IN few phases of human action are the foibles and preferences of individuals more completely imbricated than in that of book-collecting.
"The Book-Hunter in London" by William Roberts
Imbricate: arranged or appearing like the scales on a fish or the shingles on a roof.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The glumes are two-ranked and imbricating.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
The =caps= are shelving, closely overlapping in shingled fashion (imbricated), and joined at the narrowed base.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
He has four wings; two large ones with imbricated feathers grow from his shoulders, while a smaller pair are visible beneath them.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
The imbricate and the convolute modes sometimes vary one into the other, especially in the corolla.
"The Elements of Botany" by Asa Gray

In science:

Camellia keypoints (right); they are very similar except for voluntary suppression of multiple imbricated blobs at different scales (cf. upper left).
Visual object categorization with new keypoint-based adaBoost features
More recently, the authors have used similar ideas in to get well-posedness results for Euler equation, with a vorticity belonging to a space strictly imbricated between L∞ and BMO.
Sharp constants for composition with a bi-Lipschitz measure-preserving map
The temporal depth of φ, written td(φ), is defined as the maximal number of imbrications of temporal operators in φ.
Taming Past LTL and Flat Counter Systems