umbrella

[ US /ˈəmˌbɹɛɫə, əmˈbɹɛɫə/ ]
[ UK /ʌmbɹˈɛlɐ/ ]
NOUN
  1. a formation of military planes maintained over ground operations or targets
    an air umbrella over England
  2. having the function of uniting a group of similar things
    the Democratic Party is an umbrella for many liberal groups
    under the umbrella of capitalism
  3. a lightweight handheld collapsible canopy
ADJECTIVE
  1. covering or applying simultaneously to a number of similar items or elements or groups
    an umbrella organization
    umbrella insurance coverage
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How To Use umbrella In A Sentence

  • It has a warmer feel, thanks to teal walls, blonde wood and large light fixtures like softly glowing upside-down umbrellas.
  • She tapped her umbrella on the setts, calling haughtily for way, and way miraculously appeared. At Swim, Two Boys
  • The coffin was palled with a square of rusty black velvet, whence all the pile had long been worn, and which the soaking rain now helped age to embrown and make flabby; a standard cross was borne by an ecclesiastical official, who had on a quadrangular cap surmounted by a centre tuft; two priests followed, sheltered by umbrellas, their sacerdotal garments dabbled and draggled with mud, and showing thick-shod feet beneath the dingy serge and lawn that flapped above them, as they came along at a smart pace, suggestive of anything but solemnity. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 107, September, 1866
  • On the other hand, when armed with a large umbrella or a well-fitting raincoat and perhaps a pair of gumboots, it is possible to enjoy the monsoon rains, and take time out to splash through muddy puddles and wade through waterlogged roads.
  • Hats bowl away, coats fly open, skirts cling, umbrellas flype themselves: and their owners, grotesquely running, grabbing, snatching, struggling, are consumed with rueful and involuntary mirth. Try Anything Twice
  • Just as the crooked mass of shiny-leafed buttonbush, and even the swamp dwelling mayapple - its umbrella-like leaves shading sweet yellow fruit - need fire's fertilizing hand, so too does the wildlife.
  • The figure wearing dark suit, open-necked shirt and stubble, sheltering beneath an umbrella from the torrential rain outside a London cinema, could hardly look more glum.
  • Likewise, check into homeowners' insurance, auto insurance and an umbrella personal liability policy.
  • Yet as I pack a bag to hold water and umbrellas and tissue paper, I'm quite aware that the three hours will not feel like that.
  • The effect of the cold rainwater soaking his collar from the inspector's awkwardly held umbrella had diminished. THE LAST RAVEN
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