|1.||a portable device used for protection against rain, snow, etc, and consisting of a light canopy supported on a collapsible metal frame mounted on a central rod|
|2.||the flattened cone-shaped contractile body of a jellyfish or other medusa|
|3.||a protective shield or screen, esp of aircraft or gunfire|
|4.||anything that has the effect of a protective screen or cover|
|5.||a. any system or agency that provides centralized organization or general cover for a group of related companies, organizations, etc: dance umbrella|
|b. (as modifier): an umbrella fund; umbrella group|
|[C17: from Italian ombrella, diminutive of ombra shade; see |
a portable, hand-held device that is used for protection against rain and sunlight. The modern umbrella consists of a circular fabric or plastic screen stretched over hinged ribs that radiate from a central pole. The hinged ribs permit the screen to be opened and closed so that the umbrella can be carried with ease when not in use.
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