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is·land

 (ī′lənd)
n.
1. Abbr. Isl. or Is. or I. A landmass, especially one smaller than a continent, entirely surrounded by water.
2. Something resembling an island, especially in being isolated or surrounded, as:
a. An unattached kitchen counter providing easy access from all sides.
b. A raised curbed area, often used to delineate rows of parking spaces or lanes of traffic.
c. The superstructure of a ship, especially an aircraft carrier.
3. Anatomy A cluster of cells differing in structure or function from the cells constituting the surrounding tissue.
tr.v. is·land·ed, is·land·ing, is·lands
To make into or as if into an island; insulate: a secluded mansion, islanded by shrubbery and fences.

[Alteration (influenced by isle) of Middle English ilond, from Old English īegland : īg, īeg; see akw-ā- in Indo-European roots + land, land; see lendh- in Indo-European roots.]
Word History: It may seem hard to believe, but Latin aqua, "water," is related to island, which originally meant "watery land." Aqua comes almost unchanged from Indo-European *akwā-, "water." *Akwā- became *ahwō- in Germanic by Grimm's Law and other sound changes. To this was built the adjective *ahwjō-, "watery." This then became *awwjō- or *auwi-, which in pre-English became *ēaj-, and finally ēg or īeg in Old English. Island, spelled iland, first appears in Old English in King Alfred's translation of Boethius about ad 888; the spellings igland and ealond appear in contemporary documents. The s in island is due to a mistaken etymology, confusing the etymologically correct English iland with French isle. Isle comes ultimately from Latin īnsula "island," a component of paenīnsula, "almost-island," whence our peninsula.

island

(ˈaɪlənd)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a mass of land that is surrounded by water and is smaller than a continent
2. (Civil Engineering) See traffic island
3. (Anatomy) anatomy a part, structure, or group of cells distinct in constitution from its immediate surroundings.
vb (tr)
4. to cause to become an island
5. to intersperse with islands
6. to place on an island; insulate; isolate
[Old English īgland, from īg island + land; s inserted through influence of isle]
ˈisland-ˌlike adj

is•land

(ˈaɪ lənd)
n.
1. a tract of land completely surrounded by water and not large enough to be called a continent.
2. something resembling an island, esp. in being isolated.
3. a freestanding unit with a counter or work surface on top, situated in the middle area of a room so as to permit access from all sides.
4. a clump of woodland in a prairie.
5. an isolated hill.
6. an isolated portion of anatomical tissue differing in structure from the surrounding tissue.
v.t.
7. to make into an island.
8. to dot with islands.
9. to place on an island; isolate.
[before 900; Middle English iland, Old English īgland, īland]

island


Past participle: islanded
Gerund: islanding

Imperative
island
island
Present
I island
you island
he/she/it islands
we island
you island
they island
Preterite
I islanded
you islanded
he/she/it islanded
we islanded
you islanded
they islanded
Present Continuous
I am islanding
you are islanding
he/she/it is islanding
we are islanding
you are islanding
they are islanding
Present Perfect
I have islanded
you have islanded
he/she/it has islanded
we have islanded
you have islanded
they have islanded
Past Continuous
I was islanding
you were islanding
he/she/it was islanding
we were islanding
you were islanding
they were islanding
Past Perfect
I had islanded
you had islanded
he/she/it had islanded
we had islanded
you had islanded
they had islanded
Future
I will island
you will island
he/she/it will island
we will island
you will island
they will island
Future Perfect
I will have islanded
you will have islanded
he/she/it will have islanded
we will have islanded
you will have islanded
they will have islanded
Future Continuous
I will be islanding
you will be islanding
he/she/it will be islanding
we will be islanding
you will be islanding
they will be islanding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been islanding
you have been islanding
he/she/it has been islanding
we have been islanding
you have been islanding
they have been islanding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been islanding
you will have been islanding
he/she/it will have been islanding
we will have been islanding
you will have been islanding
they will have been islanding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been islanding
you had been islanding
he/she/it had been islanding
we had been islanding
you had been islanding
they had been islanding
Conditional
I would island
you would island
he/she/it would island
we would island
you would island
they would island
Past Conditional
I would have islanded
you would have islanded
he/she/it would have islanded
we would have islanded
you would have islanded
they would have islanded

island

A piece of land completely surrounded by a river, lake, sea, or ocean.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.island - a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by waterisland - a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water
Caribbean Island - an island in the Caribbean Sea
Aegean island - an island in the Aegean Sea
archipelago - a group of many islands in a large body of water
barrier island - a long narrow sandy island (wider than a reef) running parallel to the shore
dry land, ground, solid ground, terra firma, earth, land - the solid part of the earth's surface; "the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land"; "the earth shook for several minutes"; "he dropped the logs on the ground"
South Sea Islands - any islands in the southern or southwestern of central parts of the Pacific Ocean
2.island - a zone or area resembling an island
kitchen island - an unattached counter in a kitchen that permits access from all sides
safety island, safety isle, safety zone, traffic island - a curbed area in a roadway from which traffic is excluded; provides safe area for pedestrians
zone - a locally circumscribed place characterized by some distinctive features

island

noun isle, inch (Scot. & Irish), atoll, holm (dialect), islet, ait or eyot (dialect), cay or key a day trip to the island of Gozo
Related words
adjective insular

Islands and island groups

Achill, Admiralty, Aegean, Aegina, Alcatraz, Aldabra, Alderney, Aleutian, Alexander, Amboina, Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar, Andreanof, Andros, Anglesey, Anguilla, Anticosti, Antigua, Antilles, Antipodes, Aran, Arran, Aru or Arru, Aruba, Ascension, Auckland, Azores, Baffin, Bahamas, Balearic, Bali, Banaba, Bangka, Banks, Baranof, Barbados, Barbuda, Bardsey, Barra, Basilan, Basse-Terre, Batan, Belau, Belle, Benbecula, Bermuda, Biak, Billiton, Bioko, Bohol, Bonaire, Bonin, Bora Bora, Borneo, Bornholm, Bougainville, British, Bute, Butung, Caicos, Caldy, Calf of Man, Campobello, Canary, Canna, Canvey, Cape Breton, Capri, Caroline, Cayman, Cebú, Ceylon, Channel, Chatham, Cheju, Chichagof, Chiloé, Chios, Choiseul, Christmas, Cocos, Coll, Colonsay, Coney, Cook, Corfu, Corregidor, Corsica, Crete, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyclades, Cyprus, Cythera, Delos, D'Entrecasteaux, Diomede, Disko, Diu, Djerba or Jerba, Dodecanese, Dominica, Dry Tortugas, Easter, Eigg, Elba, Ellesmere, Espíritu Santo, Euboea, Faeroes, Faial or Fayal, Fair, Falkland, Falster, Farquhar, Fernando de Noronha, Fiji, Flannan, Flinders, Flores, Florida Keys, Foula, Foulness, Franz Josef Land, French West Indies, Frisian, Fyn, Galápagos, Gambier, Gigha, Gilbert, Gotland, Gothland, or Gottland, Grand Bahama, Grand Canary, Grande-Terre, Grand Manan, Greater Antilles, Greater Sunda, Greenland, Grenada, Grenadines, Guadalcanal, Guam, Guernsey, Hainan or Hainan Tao, Handa, Hawaii, Hayling, Heard and McDonald, Hebrides, Heimaey, Heligoland, Herm, Hispaniola, Hokkaido, Holy, Hong Kong, Honshu, Hormuz or Ormuz, Howland, Ibiza, Icaria, Iceland, Imbros, Iona, Ionian, Ireland, Ischia, Islay, Isle Royale, Ithaca, Iwo Jima, Jamaica, Jan Mayen, Java, Jersey, Jolo, Juan Fernández, Jura, Kangaroo, Kauai, Keos, Kerrera, Kiritimati, Kodiak, Kos or Cos, Kosrae, Krakatoa or Krakatau, Kuril or Kurile, Kyushu or Kiushu, La Palma, Labuan, Lakshadweep, Lampedusa, Lanai, Lavongai, Leeward, Lemnos, Lesbos, Lesser Antilles, Levkás, Leukas, or Leucas, Lewis with Harris or Lewis and Harris, Leyte, Liberty, Lindisfarne, Line, Lipari, Lismore, Lolland or Laaland, Lombok, Long, Longa, Lord Howe, Luing, Lundy, Luzon, Mackinac, Macquarie, Madagascar, Madeira, Madura, Maewo, Mahé, Mainland, Majorca, Maldives, Malé, Malta, Man, Manhattan, Manitoulin, Marajó, Margarita, Marie Galante, Marinduque, Marquesas, Marshall, Martinique, Masbate, Mascarene, Matsu or Mazu, Maui, Mauritius, May, Mayotte, Melanesia, Melos, Melville, Mersea, Micronesia, Mindanao, Mindoro, Minorca, Miquelon, Molokai, Moluccas, Montserrat, Mount Desert, Muck, Mull, Mykonos, Nantucket, Nauru, Naxos, Negros, Netherlands Antilles, Nevis, New Britain, New Caledonia, Newfoundland, New Georgia, New Guinea, New Ireland, New Providence, New Siberian, Nicobar, Niue, Norfolk, North, North Uist, Nusa Tenggara, Oahu, Oceania, Okinawa, Orkneys or Orkney, Palawan, Palmyra, Panay, Pantelleria, Páros, Patmos, Pelagian, Pemba, Penang, Pescadores, Philae, Philippines, Phoenix, Pitcairn, Polynesia, Ponape, Pribilof, Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, Principe, Qeshm or Qishm, Queen Charlotte, Queen Elizabeth, Quemoy, Raasay, Ramsey, Rarotonga, Rathlin, Réunion, Rhodes, Rhum, Rialto, Roanoke, Robben, Rockall, Rona, Ross, Ryukyu, Saba, Safety, Saipan, Sakhalin, Salamis, Saltee, Samar, Samoa, Samos, Samothrace, San Cristóbal, San Juan, San Salvador, Santa Catalina, Sao Miguel, Sao Tomé, Sardinia, Sark, Savaii, Scalpay, Schouten, Scilly, Sea, Seil, Seram or Ceram, Seychelles, Sheppey, Shetland, Sicily, Singapore, Sjælland, Skikoku, Skokholm, Skomer, Skye, Skyros or Scyros, Society, Socotra, South, Southampton, South Georgia, South Orkney, South Shetland, South Uist, Spitsbergen, Sporades, Sri Lanka, St. Croix, St. Helena, St. John, St. Kilda, St. Kitts or St. Christopher, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Tudwal's, St. Vincent, Staffa, Staten, Stewart, Stroma, Stromboli, Sulawesi, Sumatra, Sumba or Soemba, Sumbawa or Soembawa, Summer, Sunda or Soenda, Tahiti, Taiwan, Tasmania, Tenedos, Tenerife, Terceira, Thanet, Thásos, Thera, Thousand, Thursday, Timor, Tiree, Tobago, Tokelau, Tombo, Tonga, Tortola, Tortuga, Trinidad, Tristan da Cunha, Trobriand, Truk, Tsushima, Tuamotu, Tubuai, Turks, Tutuila, Tuvalu, Ulva, Unimak, Upolu, Ushant, Vancouver, Vanua Levu, Vanuatu, Vestmannaeyjar, Victoria, Virgin, Visayan, Viti Levu, Volcano, Walcheren, Walney, West Indies, Western, Wight, Windward, Wrangel, Yap, Youth, Zante, Zanzibar
Translations
جَزِيرَةٌجَزيرَة سَيْرجَزيرَه
остров
illa
ostrovrefýž
øtrafikø
insulo
ohutussaarsaar
saarisaareke
द्वीप
otok
sziget
nusapulau
eyjaumferîareyjaey
insula
salasalos gyventojassaugumo salelė
saladrošības saliņa
eilandenclave
insulă
cestný ostrovostrov
otok
öskärholmekobbe
kisiwa
เกาะ
adaorta kaldırımröfüj
острів
đảo

island

[ˈaɪlənd]
A. Nisla f; (in street) → refugio m, isla f (peatonal)
see also desert 1
B. CPDisleño

island

[ˈaɪlənd] nîle f island nation

island

n (lit, fig)Insel f

island

[ˈaɪlənd] nisola (also traffic island) → isola f spartitraffico inv, salvagente m

island

(ˈailənd) noun
1. a piece of land surrounded by water. The island lay a mile off the coast.
2. (also traffic island) a traffic-free area, built in the middle of a street, for pedestrians to stand on.
ˈislander noun

island

جَزِيرَةٌ ostrov ø Insel νησί isla saari île otok isola eiland øy wyspa ilha остров ö เกาะ ada đảo 岛屿

is·land

n. isla, nombre dado a un grupo celular o a un tejido aislado.
References in classic literature ?
Yes," was all he said, but he turned and strained his eyes to see the island which a greater usurper than even Napoleon now made interesting in his sight.
I got `Robinson Crusoe' and tried to read, but his life on the island seemed dull compared with ours.
He was returning to the city to his business, and they would not see him again at the Island till the coming Saturday.
This beast, I rather conclude, friend, is not of home raising, but is from foreign lands, or perhaps from the little island itself over the blue water?
The bank of the river was changed; the flat had become an island, between which and the slope where she stood the North Fork was rolling its resistless yellow torrent.
The secret, so long as it should continue such, kept them within the circle of a spell, a solitude in the midst of men, a remoteness as entire as that of an island in mid-ocean; once divulged, the ocean would flow betwixt them, standing on its widely sundered shores.
The bright morning sun, therefore, shone on broad shoulders and well-developed busts, and on round and ruddy cheeks, that had ripened in the far-off island, and had hardly yet grown paler or thinner in the atmosphere of New England.
Then the wild and distant seas where he rolled his island bulk; the undeliverable, nameless perils of the whale; these, with all the attending marvels of a thousand Patagonian sights and sounds, helped to sway me to my wish.
he'll have to die now, ejaculated the Long Island sailor.
Down she come to the river, and thar was the current running ten feet wide by the shore, and over t' other side ice a sawin' and a jiggling up and down, kinder as 't were a great island.
The island of Atlantis, and the islands and gardens of the Hesperides, a sort of terrestrial paradise, appear to have been the Great West of the ancients, enveloped in mystery and poetry.
I saw that I was just another Robinson Crusoe cast away on an uninhabited island, with no society but some more or less tame animals, and if I wanted to make life bearable I must do as he did -- invent, contrive, create, reorganize things; set brain and hand to work, and keep them busy.