noun \ˈin(t)-sə-ˌlā-tər\

: a material that allows little or no heat, electricity, or sound to go into or out of something

Full Definition of INSULATOR

:  one that insulates: as
a :  a material that is a poor conductor (as of electricity or heat) — compare semiconductor
b :  a device made of an electrical insulating material and used for separating or supporting conductors

Examples of INSULATOR

  1. Metal is not a good insulator.

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Rhymes with INSULATOR

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noun \ˈin(t)-sə-ˌlāt-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INSULATOR

: a material that is used to provide insulation; also : a device made of such material


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Substance that blocks or retards the flow of electric current or heat. An insulator is a poor conductor because it has a high resistance to such flow. Electrical insulators are commonly used to hold conductors in place, separating them from one another and from surrounding structures to form a barrier between energized parts of an electric circuit and confine the flow of current to wires or other conducting paths. Electrical insulators include rubber, plastic, porcelain, and mica. Thermal insulators. which break up the heat-flow path by absorbing radiant heat, include fiberglass, cork, and rock wool.


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