insulate

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verb in·su·late \ˈin(t)-sə-ˌlāt\

Definition of insulate

insulated

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insulating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to place in a detached situation :  isolate; especially :  to separate from conducting bodies by means of nonconductors so as to prevent transfer of electricity, heat, or sound

Examples of insulate in a sentence

  1. They used a special type of fiberglass to insulate the attic.

  2. a material that is able to insulate against cold

  3. The company has tried to insulate itself from the region's political turmoil.

  4. I wish I could insulate my children from painful experiences.

Origin and Etymology of insulate

Latin insula


First Known Use: circa 1741


INSULATE Defined for English Language Learners

insulate

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verb in·su·late \ˈin(t)-sə-ˌlāt\

Definition of insulate for English Language Learners

  • : to add a material or substance to (something) in order to stop heat, electricity, or sound from going into or out of it

  • : to prevent (someone or something) from dealing with or experiencing something : to keep (someone or something) separate from something unpleasant, dangerous, etc.


INSULATE Defined for Kids

insulate

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verb in·su·late \ˈin-sə-ˌlāt\

Definition of insulate for Students

insulated

insulating

  1. 1 :  to separate from others :  isolate <At home he insulates himself from the city.>

  2. 2 :  to separate a conductor of electricity, heat, or sound from other conductors by means of something that does not allow the passage of electricity, heat, or sound <insulated electrical wire>



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