islet

noun
is·let | \ ˈī-lət \

Definition of islet 

1 : a little island

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Synonyms for islet

Synonyms

island, isle

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Examples of islet in a Sentence

landed the boat on a tiny islet that we had all to ourselves

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China calls 90% of the sea its own and has landfilled a handful of islets for military use. Ralph Jennings, latimes.com, "U.S. warships pass near Taiwan in a show of defiance to China," 8 July 2018 The smallest piece, on an islet in Leverett Pond, will use 260 nozzles, according to Mergel. Graham Ambrose, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Fog sculptures’ to adorn Emerald Necklace," 24 June 2018 Located in the Pacific Ocean some 600 miles off the coast of mainland Ecuador, the archipelago of 20 volcanic islands (and dozens more islets) remains an unspoiled utopia despite hosting more than 200,000 annual visitors. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, "Visit the Galapagos Like a Royal," 23 June 2018 The current belief is that these pancreatic islet cells don’t regenerate. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New insulin-making cells can be made in the body, study suggests," 14 June 2018 The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands consist of five islets and three rocks located in the East China Sea, with a total area the size of 1,700 acres. Tim Liao, Washington Post, "Why Japan is making a big fuss over tiny islands — 4 things to know," 17 Apr. 2018 Greece said its troops fired tracer rounds on Monday night as a warning after a Turkish helicopter with its lights off flew close to the Greek islet of Ro in the southern Aegean. Niki Kitsantonis, New York Times, "Greek Fighter Jet Crashes After Encounter With Turkish Aircraft, Officials Say," 12 Apr. 2018 For the cover story, the magazine travels to Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, where the breathtaking landscapes of a constellation of islets mingle with a vibrant contemporary art scene. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 4 May 2018 The slurry mix was then spun down through a centrifuge to get a concentrated islet of stem cells. Dr. Sanjay Gupta And Roni Selig, CNN, "Jack Nicklaus' secret stem cell therapy: 'I didn't keep it private; no one asked me about it'," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of islet

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of islet was in 1538

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islet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of islet

: a small island

islet

noun
is·let | \ ˈī-lət \

Kids Definition of islet

: a small island

islet

noun
is·let | \ ˈī-lət \

Medical Definition of islet 

: a small isolated mass of one type of tissue within a different type specifically : islet of langerhans

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