from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to be in a detached or isolated position. See Synonyms at isolate.
- transitive v. To prevent the passage of heat, electricity, or sound into or out of, especially by surrounding with a nonconducting material.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To separate, detach, or isolate.
- v. To separate a body or material from others, eg. by non-conductors to prevent the transfer of electricity, heat, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make an island of.
- transitive v. To place in a detached situation, or in a state having no communication with surrounding objects; to isolate; to separate.
- transitive v. To prevent the transfer of electricity or heat to or from (bodies) by the interposition of nonconductors.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make an island of (a place) by surrounding it with water.
- To place in an isolated situation or condition; set apart from immediate contact or association with others; detach; segregate.
- In electricity and thermotics, to separate, as an electrified or heated body, from other bodies by the interposition of a non-conductor; more specifically, in the case of electricity, to separate from the earth (since an electrified body tends to part with its electricity to the earth).
- In chem., to free from combination with other substances.
- In entomology, detached from other parts or marks of the same kind.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. protect from heat, cold, or noise by surrounding with insulating material
- v. place or set apart
Latin īnsula, island + -ate1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin insulatus ("made like an island"), past participle of insulare ("to make like an island"), from insula ("island"); see insular. (Wiktionary)