a light, small, portable, usually circular cover for protection from rain or sun, consisting of a fabric held on a collapsible frame of thin ribs radiating from the top of a carrying stick or handle.
the saucer- or bowl-shaped, gelatinous body of a jellyfish; bell.
something that covers or protects from above, as military aircraft safeguarding surface forces: an air umbrella.
any general kind of protection: a price umbrella.
something, as an organization or policy, that covers or encompasses a number of groups or elements.
shaped like or intended to perform the function of an umbrella.
having the quality or function of covering or applying simultaneously to a number of similar items, elements, or groups: an umbrella organization; umbrella coverage in an insurance policy.
- um·brel·la·less, adjective
- um·brel·la·like, adjective
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How to use umbrella in a sentence
I think what happens is that at the federal level the umbrella is so big that it would be impossible for them to get anything done without the involvement of the people and the local city council.Erin Brockovich has given up on the federal government saving the environment | Nicole Goodkind | September 25, 2020 | Fortune
The company announced today that Ryan Gellert will become CEO of Patagonia Works, the umbrella company for all its ventures, from clothing to smoked salmon to documentaries.
User experience isn’t just one ranking factor but an umbrella term for quite a few.How to make your website ADA-compliant and win at SEO | Abhishek Shah | September 21, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Each moss ball acts like a tiny umbrella, shading the ice beneath it.On an Alaskan glacier, little green moss balls roll in herds | Beth Geiger | July 30, 2020 | Science News For Students
Examples of untangling the mess under the umbrella of supply-path optimization will likely continue to grow.As publishers clean up automated supply chains, education-title Chegg cut ad resellers and saw no negative impact on revenue | Lucinda Southern | July 2, 2020 | Digiday
And that means they also fall under the umbrella of programs most likely to get the axe when state and federal budgets are tight.
The program—weirdly—is now under the umbrella of ABC News, and is suffering from flat ratings and an aging demographic.
The law professor, Benny Tai, urged the students to “retreat and take the spirit of the umbrella Movement into the community.”
Think of them as the Monuments Men and Women of the umbrella Movement.
From Carnations to umbrella, the history and importance of names people give to nonviolent movements.
She looked up in his face, leaning on his arm beneath the encircling shadow of the umbrella which he had lifted.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Now that it rains there's no more room under your umbrella than there was a few moments ago, when the sun was shining.
As he spoke he wedged himself between Grandfather Mole and the stem of the toadstool umbrella.
"It's plain that your umbrella didn't grow as much as you thought," Mr. Meadow Mouse retorted.
He put on his big straw hat, and taking his umbrella from the stand in the hall, followed the lady in black, never overtaking her.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for umbrella
a portable device used for protection against rain, snow, etc, and consisting of a light canopy supported on a collapsible metal frame mounted on a central rod
the flattened cone-shaped contractile body of a jellyfish or other medusa
a protective shield or screen, esp of aircraft or gunfire
anything that has the effect of a protective screen or cover
any system or agency that provides centralized organization or general cover for a group of related companies, organizations, etc: dance umbrella
(as modifier): an umbrella fund; umbrella group
- umbrella-like, adjective
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