im·​bri·​ca·​tion | \ˌim-brə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of imbrication 

1 : an overlapping of edges (as of tiles or scales)

2 : a decoration or pattern showing imbrication

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Synonyms for imbrication


lapping, overlap

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Examples of imbrication in a Sentence

a scalloped pattern formed by the imbrication of the rounded roof tiles

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Art’s imbrication in networks of money and power is hardly a contemporary phenomenon. Rachel Wetzler, The New Republic, "How Modern Art Serves the Rich," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of imbrication

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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im·​bri·​ca·​tion | \ˌim-brə-ˈkā-shən \

Medical Definition of imbrication 

: an overlapping especially of successive layers of tissue in the surgical closure of a wound

Other Words from imbrication

imbricate \ˈim-​brə-​ˌkāt \ transitive verb imbricated; imbricating

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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