Definition of nebuly in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnebyəlē/ /ˈnɛbjəli/


  • Divided or edged with a line formed of deeply interlocking curves.

    ‘Certainly on his seal, Robert's shield showed the nebuly line pattern, and in no fewer than seven rows.’
    • ‘The blue nebuly chief alludes to the sky and denotes the aviation function of the unit.’
    • ‘The blue in the chief represents the heavens and the parting line nebuly the clouds.’
    • ‘The motto is suggested by the chief nebuly, alluding to power and assistance from above.’
    • ‘We are returning this for a redraw as the tuns are unidentifiable and the black line denoting the chief is so thick it appears to be a chief nebuly gules fimbriated sable.’
    • ‘The background of nebuly indicates the clouds in the sky.’
    • ‘Some of the other most common lines of partition are engrailed, invected, wavy, nebuly, indented, dancetty, embattled, raguly, dovetailed, and potenty.’
    • ‘The nebuly fess reflects the wing's interlocking of personnel and mission.’
    • ‘The nebuly partition line is suggestive of clouds and sky.’
    • ‘The nebuly partition line of the chief is intended to represent clouds, whence come the drops of rain blazoned ‘goutty’.’


Mid 16th century from French nébulé, from medieval Latin nebulatus ‘clouded’ (the curves being thought of as representing clouds), from Latin nebula ‘mist’.