Adjective "imbricate" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Arrange (scales, sepals, plates, etc.) so that they overlap like roof tiles.
  1. 'Now, we know that when reptiles have imbricated scales, we do find dermal muscles.'
  2. 'They may be imbricated and/or fragmented, suggesting winnowing and directed current stress.'
  3. 'These image structures imbricate prior historical formations to displace the digital warfare irradiating the cybermilitarized economy.'
  4. 'The Mannin Thrust is identified as a major imbricating structure within a continental arc, but not a terrane boundary.'
  5. 'Perhaps as a result of being contacting or imbricating surfaces, the decrescent, sella, and duplicature sides are also characterized by negative allometry (relative to other sides) and a sparse distribution of pores.'
  6. 'This means that ‘apparently distant’ forms of life imbricate deeply because the same ontological mechanisms responsible for anthropogenesis treat nonhuman forms of life as similarly negative in their unlikeness to human life.'


(of scales, sepals, plates, etc.) having adjacent edges overlapping.
  1. 'These rocks are preserved within a south-verging imbricate thrust stack of thin ([much less than] 1 km thick) northward younging tectonic slices.'
  2. 'They discussed the relationship of the various major thrusts to each other and to adjacent imbricate thrust systems.'


1. overlapping in sequence, as tiles or shingles on a roof.

2. of, relating to, or resembling overlapping tiles, as decoration or drawings.

3. Biology. overlapping like tiles, as scales or leaves.

4. characterized by or as if by overlapping shingles. verb (used with or without object), imbricated, imbricating.

5. to overlap, as tiles or shingles.

More examples(as adjective)

"fans can be imbricate."


Early 17th century (in the sense ‘shaped like a pantile’): from Latin imbricat-, ‘covered with roof tiles’, from the verb imbricare, from imbrex, imbric- ‘roof tile’ (from imber ‘shower of rain’).