Definition of insulate
: 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
They used a special type of fiberglass to insulate the attic.
a material that is able to insulate against cold
The company has tried to insulate itself from the region's political turmoil.
I wish I could insulate my children from painful experiences.
Origin and Etymology of insulate
First Known Use: circa 1741
INSULATE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of insulate for Students
1 : to separate from others : isolate <At home he insulates himself from the city.>
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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