im·​bri·​ca·​tion ˌim-brə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce imbrication (audio)
: an overlapping of edges (as of tiles or scales)
: a decoration or pattern showing imbrication

Illustration of imbrication

Illustration of imbrication

Examples of imbrication in a Sentence

a scalloped pattern formed by the imbrication of the rounded roof tiles
Recent Examples on the Web Art’s imbrication in networks of money and power is hardly a contemporary phenomenon. Rachel Wetzler, The New Republic, 26 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of imbrication was in 1713

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“Imbrication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


im·​bri·​ca·​tion ˌim-brə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce imbrication (audio)
: an overlapping especially of successive layers of tissue in the surgical closure of a wound
imbricate transitive verb
imbricated; imbricating
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