from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having regularly arranged, overlapping edges, as roof tiles or fish scales.
- transitive v. To overlap in a regular pattern.
- intransitive v. To be arranged with regular overlapping edges.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having regular overlapping edges; intertwined.
- v. To overlap in a regular pattern.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Bent and hollowed like a roof or gutter tile.
- adj. Lying over each other in regular order, so as to “break joints,” like tiles or shingles on a roof, the scales on the leaf buds of plants and the cups of some acorns, or the scales of fishes; overlapping each other at the margins, as leaves in æstivation.
- adj. In decorative art: Having scales lapping one over the other, or a representation of such scales
- transitive v. To lay in order, one lapping over another, so as to form an imbricated surface.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lay or lap one over another, so as to break joint, as or like tiles or shingles, either with parts all in one horizontal row or circle (as in the estivation of a calyx or corolla, when at least one piece must be wholly external and one internal), or with the tips of lower parts covering the bases of higher ones in a succession of rows or spiral ranks.
- To overlap serially.
- Bent and hollowed like a gutter-tile or pantile.
- Lying one over another or lapping, like tiles on a roof; parallel, with a straight surface, and lying or lapping one over another, as the scales on the leaf-buds of plants, the scales of fishes and of reptiles, or the feathers of birds.
- Decorated with a pattern resembling a surface of lapping tiles.
- Consisting of lines or curves giving a resemblance to a surface of overlapping tiles: as, an imbricate pattern.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. place so as to overlap
- v. overlap
- adj. used especially of leaves or bracts; overlapping or layered as scales or shingles
Latin imbricātus, covered with roof tiles, from imbrex, imbric-, roof tile, from imber, imbr-, rain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin imbricatus ("tiled"). (Wiktionary)