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a small canopy used as a protection against the sun in China, Egypt, and elsewhere in remote antiquity. It was often an emblem of rank. During the Middle Ages the umbrella became almost extinct in Europe; its usefulness was not rediscovered until the late 16th cent., when it was introduced as the parapluie (Fr.,=against the rain). Its use did not become general, however, until the late 18th cent., when it is said to have been introduced in England by Jonas Hanway; umbrellas were first manufactured on the Continent after 1787. Their construction has not varied greatly through the ages though modern materials, such as steel for the ribs and synthetic fabrics for the covering, have replaced the oiled paper, bamboo, and wood of the ancient versions. In the mid-19th cent. the parasol (Fr.,=against the sun) emerged, distinguished from the umbrella in being solely a sunshade, and became, until the coming of the automobile, a necessary accessory of dress. Within the obvious limitations of its form, the modern umbrella has taken on a variety of shapes, from nearly flat to the long, curved bird-cage design.

What does it mean when you dream about an umbrella?

The open umbrella protects the dreamer from the waters of the emotional unconscious when the unconscious showers its lessons upon the conscious self. If the umbrella is closed and the water freely pours upon the dreamer, it indicates that the dreamer is open to his or her feelings and emotional needs.


Zoology the flattened cone-shaped contractile body of a jellyfish or other medusa


In dreams, umbrellas usually symbolize the device that the conscious mind uses to protect itself from the unconscious. Umbrellas might symbolize our unwillingness to deal with negative emotions, psychological baggage, or trauma. If the umbrella is opened, you may be protecting yourself from unconscious materials. If the umbrella is closed, then you may be prepared and be willing to deal with the unfamiliar psyche. Old dream interpretations say that the umbrella is the symbol of security. If the umbrella is broken or turned inside out, your ultimate achievement is possible but delayed.
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Hiding out under a beach umbrella may offer you far less protection from the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation than you expect, according to a new study by Spanish researchers.
PowerShade is a standard-sized beach umbrella fitted with patent-pending, solar-powered charging equipment, allowing consumers to charge up to three electronic devices while enjoying a day in the sun.
Less than 100 yards away, the terrorist who had hidden a Kalashnikov in a beach umbrella had launched his murderous attack on holidaymakers.
A gunman, posing as a swimmer, used a beach umbrella to hide his Kalashnikov before starting the slaughter.
In Friday's attack in Tunisia, a gunman drew an assault rifle from a beach umbrella and killed at least 38 people at the seaside resort of Sousse, while in Kuwait, a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque during communal prayers, killing 27 worshipers.
I'M SITTING under a beach umbrella, staring miserably out at the Gulf of Mexico, with sand in places there shouldn't be sand.
Alongside traditional Mafia activities such as international drug trafficking, murder and extortion, the gangs ran a series of side businesses including beach umbrella rentals.
No dinky 10-gallon model, this hat had a brim like a beach umbrella and a crown the size of a 50-gallon drum.
Her works on display at the Irvine Contemporary Gallery in Washington, includes one of a man under a beach umbrella, partly obscured by shade, leaving ambiguity on of whether the shade is real or imposed by the artist.
However, this sturdy beach umbrella offers protection from the sun, rain and wind - and there''s plenty of space for the whole family.
A few times a year, my parents would make the hour or so drive to spend an afternoon under a beach umbrella while we frolicked in the dark knee-deep water and squinted at the pleasant and tranquil sound.
The Endless Summer Package includes deluxe accommodations in tropical-view guestroom; daily breakfast for two in Tropiks restaurant; unlimited recreation including golf (two players daily), tennis, non-motorised water sports; a beach umbrella with beach chairs daily; daily admission to the Tiki Tribe for two children; and access to Spa at Marco Island facilities for two adults; for prices commencing at USD199 per room per night.