• Scotsman with umbrella
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj umbrella covering or applying simultaneously to a number of similar items or elements or groups "an umbrella organization","umbrella insurance coverage"
    • n umbrella 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"
    • n umbrella a formation of military planes maintained over ground operations or targets "an air umbrella over England"
    • n umbrella a lightweight handheld collapsible canopy
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dad Insisted on Carrying an Umbrella 207 Dad Insisted on Carrying an Umbrella 207
Sketching Umbrella Sketching Umbrella
Umbrella Stand Umbrella Stand
Detail of Umbrella Stand Detail of Umbrella Stand
A woman and her backwards umbrella form a letter K A woman and her backwards umbrella form a letter K
I'll give you my beautiful Green Umbrella I'll give you my beautiful Green Umbrella
So he got poor Little Black Sambo's beautiful Green Umbrella So he got poor Little Black Sambo's beautiful Green Umbrella
Under the umbrella Under the umbrella

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "umbrella" is derived from the Latin root word "umbra", which means shade or shadow
    • Umbrella 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 in, 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. "Underneath the umbrella's oily shed."
    • Umbrella (Zoöl) Any marine tectibranchiate gastropod of the genus Umbrella, having an umbrella-shaped shell; -- called also umbrella shell.
    • Umbrella (Zoöl) The umbrellalike disk, or swimming bell, of a jellyfish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first umbrella factory in the U.S. was founded in 1928 in Baltimore, Maryland.
    • n umbrella A portable shade, screen, or canopy which opens and folds, carried in the hand for the purpose of sheltering the person from the rays of the sun or from rain. The name was formerly given to a sort of fan used to protect the face from the sun, but is now applied to a light canopy of silk, cotton, or other cloth, extended on a folding frame composed of bars or strips of steel, cane, etc., which slides on a rod or stick. A small and light form of umbrella, carried by women as a protection from the rays of the sun, often in gay colors, or ornamented with ribbons, lace, etc., is habitually called a parasol. The umbrella had its origin in very remote times in the far East, and in some Asiatic countries it was (and still is) regarded as an emblem of royalty or a mark of distinction. In ancient Greece its use was familiar among women for protection from the sun, and it is frequently represented in vase-paintings and terra-cottas. As a defense from rain or snow it was not used in western Europe till early in the eighteenth century. The word is sometimes used figuratively. Compare cloak.
    • n umbrella In zoology: The gelatinous disk or swimming-bell of an acaleph, as a jellyfish, by the rhythmical contraction and expansion of which the creature swims, taken either with or without the velum. It is usually the largest, most symmetrical, and most coherent part of the jellyfish, from which other parts hang like streamers, either around its margin or from the center of the under surface. If we compare this bell to a woman's sun-umbrella, lined as well as covered with silk, and having a fringe, then the outer or aboral surface is the exumbrella; the inner or under lining surface is the adumbrella, or adoral surface surrounding the mouth, from which large mouth-parts may hang in the position of the stick or handle of the umbrella; the ring of metal which slides up and down the stick may represent the gastric cavity of the creature, and the metal ribs of the umbrella may suggest the radial canals which go out to the circumference. At points around the margin are the series of adradial, perradial, and interradial sense-organs or other appendages, as tentacles, and where these are long and streaming they represent the fringe of the imagined parasol. See cuts under acaleph, Aurelia, Discophora. and Willsia.
    • n umbrella In conchology [NL. (Lamarck, 1809).] [capitalized] A genus of tectibranchiate or pleurobranchiate gastropods; the umbrella-shells, as U. umbellata. Also Ombrella. A limpet-like tectibranchiate gastropod of the genus Umbrella or family Umbrellidæ; an umbrella-shell.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Umbrella um-brel′a a familiar covered sliding frame carried in the hand, as a screen from rain or sunshine
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  • Mark Twain
    “A banker is a fellow who lends his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.”
  • Michael Isenberg
    Michael Isenberg
    “When two men share an umbrella, both of them get wet.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise ;in statesmanship.”
  • Douglas William Jerrold
    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.”
  • Alice Caldwell Rice
    Alice Caldwell Rice
    “It ain't no use putting up your umbrella till it rains.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. ombrella, fr. ombra, a shade, L. umbra,; cf. L. umbella, a sunshade, a parasol. Cf. Umbel Umbrage
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. ombrella, dim. of ombra, a shade—L. umbra.


In literature:

Open my umbrella, please, nurse, and keep their supper hot.
"Troublesome Comforts" by Geraldine Glasgow
However, she haunted the gardens, annoying the keepers by persistently poking the animals with her umbrella.
"In Search of the Unknown" by Robert W. Chambers
The opening of an umbrella in the house is a sign of bad luck.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
And why had not the man come to meet them with the umbrella, while he was about it?
"The Moving Picture Girls at Oak Farm" by Laura Lee Hope
Apparently Ronald did not bring an umbrella with him, though it's cost me some trouble to establish that fact.
"The Shrieking Pit" by Arthur J. Rees
But he was beyond earshot, best umbrella and all, before the words were out of her mouth.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
An umbrella with such a sky as this!
"In Apple-Blossom Time" by Clara Louise Burnham
For two years he had always come to the office with the same old patched umbrella, to the great amusement of his fellow-clerks.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
They have an aversion to objects of a black colour, and will not use black umbrellas or clothes woven with black thread.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
I remember that one of these looked like a gaily colored umbrella at a distance.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various

In poetry:

The rain is raining all around,
It falls on field and tree,
It rains on the umbrellas here,
And on the ships at sea.
"Rain" by Robert Louis Stevenson
"And of course, though the weather is warm,
It may be there'll come up a storm;
An umbrella I'll make
Of a caraway cake,
It'll match with my whole uniform.
"The Erratic Rat" by Carolyn Wells
There was one who was famed for the number of things
He forgot when he entered the ship:
His umbrella, his watch, all his jewels and rings,
And the clothes he had bought for the trip.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Oh, but the Apron-String Guards are the fellows
Drilling each day since our troubles began,--
"Handle your walking-sticks!" "Shoulder umbrellas!"
That is the style for the sweet little man!
"The Sweet Little Man" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
If I should die tonight But rose to count
With trembling fingers,
That long lost amount I might live on; But when
You said' Here's your umbrella
And your fountain pen,' For one short space I'd gaze into thy face And then Drop dead again."
"If I Should Die Tonight" by William Percy French
Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's hurrying, she's catching the nine'o'clock train.
Sylvia's mother says:"Take your umbrella, cause Sylvie it's starting to rain."
And Sylvia's mother says "Thank you for calling
and Sir won't you come back again ?"
"Sylvia's Mother" by Shel Silverstein

In news:

This Latin Alternative Music Conference lineup's fathers-and-offspring umbrella is one relaxed fit.
I don't know either, but it might be the most adorable thing ever when you give it a little tiny umbrella.
Umbrellas are out for slow-moving showers.
Umbrellas are dusted off as rain returns to the scene at UC Berkeley on Wednesday.
Half of the hundred or so protesters huddled under trees and umbrellas.
Straining the FHA's umbrella.
Rihanna Struggles With Her Umbrella Rihanna was in London Saturday and it was raining of course.
Toys 'R' Us offers the Tropical Island Resort with Umbrella.
Characters are the soul of what's come to be called creative nonfiction, an umbrella term that covers memoir, the personal essay and literary journalism, among others.
Just five months ago, proggy local folk-pop outfit Umbrella Tree released their To the Memory of a Once Great Man.
Reviews Umbrella Tree , To the Memory of a Once Great Man.
San Francisco's ambassadors of gypsy rock, Diego's Umbrella, bring multicultural enthusiasm, humor and decadence to The Center for the Arts Saturday.
As a trained chemist and group leader at L'Oréal USA, Atis oversees a group of chemists and engineers as they work together to create cosmetics products for the various brands under the L'Oréal umbrella.
We'll have a beautiful weekend but locate that umbrella for next week.
Students heading to and from Sac State use umbrellas to shield themselves from the rain while walking across the Guy West Bridge in Sacramento on Wednesday morning.

In science:

For every x ∈ Z2 we will open the umbrella x + ˜U ˜L(x) .
On the speed of Random Walks among Random Conductances
Note that this time the intensity gives us the strength, the lenght but also the width of the umbrella.
On the speed of Random Walks among Random Conductances
In particular, the longer the umbrella, the more narrow it is.
On the speed of Random Walks among Random Conductances
Note that every umbrella x + Us with x ∈ G, −(x1 + x2 ) = n and s ∈ [n, n2 ], ”protects” the origin O, meaning that O lies inside the ”Z2 -triangle” generated by the sides x + U1,s and x + U2,s .
On the speed of Random Walks among Random Conductances
For example, if I (x) = 1, it means that the strongest horizontal umbrella through x is weaker than the strongest vertical one. I (x) is the direction which the drop of water will follow.
On the speed of Random Walks among Random Conductances