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island

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noun, often attributive is·land \ˈī-lənd\

Definition of island

  1. 1 :  a tract of land surrounded by water and smaller than a continent

  2. 2 :  something resembling an island especially in its isolated or surrounded position: as a :  a usually raised area within a thoroughfare, parking lot, or driveway used especially to separate or direct traffic b :  a superstructure on the deck of a ship (as an aircraft carrier) c :  a kitchen counter that is approachable from all sides

  3. 3 :  an isolated group or area; especially :  an isolated ethnological group



Examples of island in a sentence

  1. He lives on an island in the Caribbean.

  2. <the island of Hawaii is the largest in the Hawaiian archipelago>



Origin and Etymology of island

alteration (influenced by Anglo-French isle) of earlier iland, from Middle English, from Old English īgland (akin to Old Norse eyland), from īg island (akin to Old English ēa river, Latin aqua water) + land land


First Known Use: before 12th century


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island

verb is·land

Definition of island

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make into or as if into an island b :  to dot with or as if with islands

  3. 2 :  isolate



1661

First Known Use of island

1661

Rhymes with island


Island

geographical name is·land

Definition of Island

  1. — see iceland



Variants of island

or

Ísland



ISLAND Defined for Kids

island

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noun is·land \ˈī-lənd\

Definition of island for Students

  1. 1 :  an area of land surrounded by water and smaller than a continent

  2. 2 :  something like an island in its isolation <We have a counter island in our kitchen.>




Medical Dictionary

island

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noun is·land \ˈī-lənd\

Medical Definition of island

  1. :  an isolated anatomical structure, tissue, or group of cells





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