- an overlapping, as of tiles or shingles.
- a decoration or pattern resembling this.
- Surgery. overlapping of layers of tissue in the closure of wounds or in the correction of defects.
- Geology. shingling.
Origin of imbrication
Examples from the Web for imbrication
Historical Examples of imbrication
This imbrication is frequently of an exquisite, dull, reddish brown over an old soft yellow.Alaska
1640s, from French imbrication, from Latin imbricare "to cover with tiles," from imbricem (nominative imbrex) "curved roof tile used to draw off rain," from imber (genitive imbris) "rain," from PIE *ombh-ro- "rain" (cf. Sanskrit abhra "cloud, thunder-cloud, rainy weather," Greek ombros "rain"), from root *nebh- "moist, water" (see nebula).