insulation

noun
in·​su·​la·​tion | \ ˌin(t)-sə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce insulation (audio) \

Definition of insulation

1a : the action of insulating
b : the state of being insulated
2 : material used in insulating

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Examples of insulation in a Sentence

These materials provide the insulation needed in cold weather. she had grown up in such rural insulation that she'd never met anyone of a different race

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Adding more insulation to ceilings and walls is relatively simple, but replacing drafty windows presents lots of choices. The Seattle Times, "Warm up for winter with expert advice on home improvements," 16 Oct. 2018 Sealing air leaks and adding insulation can save up to 10% in heating bills. Henry Gifford, Popular Mechanics, "Your House Is Bleeding You Dry. Here Are 9 Steps To Save You Money.," 8 Aug. 2018 At a sprawling factory owned by Blueprint Robotics on the industrial outskirts of this city, a house frame – complete with windows, plumbing, insulation and electrical wires – is chiseled in large panels by computerized machines in about a day. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "With construction workers scarce, homebuilders turn to robots, software," 25 June 2018 Its earthen roof was touted as environmentally friendly, providing good insulation. Andrew Reed, idahostatesman, "Amity Elementary gets sweet farewell from students ahead of demolition," 13 June 2018 In addition to focusing on the keeping-cold issue, the company upgraded its caps with a new honeycomb insulation pattern and steel lugs for strength. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Why Are Hydro Flask Bottles Suddenly Everywhere?," 23 Feb. 2019 To her surprise, the delivery man also offered an insulation quote. Tim Blair, WSJ, "Green New Deal: A Cautionary Tale," 11 Feb. 2019 Textiles are often recycled to create housing insulation, but they can also be spun into new fibers for designers to use. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Did Marie Kondo Inspire You to Clean Out Your Closet This Weekend? Here Are the 5 Best Ways to Do It," 18 Jan. 2019 Visit a home improvement store for DIY attic insulation or hire someone to get the job done. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "How to Draft-Proof Your Home for a Lower Heating Bill," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of insulation

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of insulation was in 1798

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insulation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of insulation

: a material or substance that is used to stop heat, electricity, or sound from going into or out of something : a material that insulates something
: the quality or state of being insulated
: the act of insulating something

insulation

noun
in·​su·​la·​tion | \ ˌin-sə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce insulation (audio) \

Kids Definition of insulation

1 : material that is used to stop the passage of electricity, heat, or sound from one conductor to another
2 : the act of insulating : the state of being insulated insulation of wires

insulation

noun
in·​su·​la·​tion | \ ˌin(t)-sə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce insulation (audio) \

Medical Definition of insulation

1 : the action of separating a conductor from conducting bodies by means of nonconductors so as to prevent transfer of electricity, heat, or sound also : the state resulting from such action
2 : material used to provide insulation

Other Words from insulation

insulate \ ˈin(t)-​sə-​ˌlāt How to pronounce insulate (audio) \ transitive verb insulated; insulating

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