A shade, screen, or guard, carried in the hand for sheltering the person from the rays of the sun, or from rain or snow. It is formed of silk, cotton, or other fabric, extended on strips of whalebone, steel, or other elastic material, inserted in, or fastened to, a rod or stick by means of pivots or hinges, in such a way as to allow of being opened and closed with ease. See Parasol.
A white umbrella attached to a light stand. The light, instead of being directed toward the model, is directed into the umbrella and the light reflected from this is used for illumination. Also the light may be directed THROUGH the umbrella, so it is sometimes used as a diffuser.