isolated

[ahy-suh-ley-tid, is-uh-]

Origin:
1755–65; < French isolé isolated (< Italian; see isolato); see -ate, -ed2

isolatedly, adverb
semi-isolated, adjective
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isolate

[v. ahy-suh-leyt; n., adj. ahy-suh-lit, -leyt]
verb (used with object), isolated, isolating.
1.
to set or place apart; detach or separate so as to be alone.
2.
Medicine/Medical. to keep (an infected person) from contact with noninfected persons; quarantine.
3.
Chemistry, Bacteriology. to obtain (a substance or microorganism) in an uncombined or pure state.
4.
Electricity. to insulate.
5.
Television. to single out (a person, action, etc.) for a camera closeup.
noun
6.
a person, thing, or group that is set apart or isolated, as for purposes of study.
7.
Psychology. a person, often shy or lacking in social skills, who avoids the company of others and has no friends within a group.
8.
Biology. an inbreeding population that is isolated from similar populations by physiological, behavioral, or geographic barriers.
9.
Also called language isolate. Linguistics. a language with no demonstrable genetic relationship, as Basque.
10.
something that has been isolated, as a by-product in a manufacturing process: an isolate of soy flour.
adjective
11.
isolated; alone.

Origin:
1800–10; back formation from isolated

isolator, noun
reisolate, verb (used with object), reisolated, reisolating.
unisolate, verb (used with object), unisolated, unisolating.
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isolate
 
vb
1.  to place apart; cause to be alone
2.  med to quarantine (a person or animal) having or suspected of having a contagious disease
3.  to obtain (a compound) in an uncombined form
4.  to obtain pure cultures of (bacteria, esp those causing a particular disease)
5.  electronics to prevent interaction between (circuits, components, etc); insulate
 
n
6.  an isolated person or group
 
[C19: back formation from isolated, via Italian from Latin insulātus, literally: made into an island; see insulate]
 
'isolable
 
adj
 
isola'bility
 
n
 
'isolator
 
n

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isolate
1807, a new formation from isolated (q.v.).

isolated
c.1750s, isole, also isole'd, from Fr. isolé "isolated" (17c.), from It. isolato, from L. insulatus "made into an island," from insula "island." The French word was used at first in English, then after isolate became an English word, isolated took its place as pp. from c.1760.
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isolate i·so·late (ī'sə-lāt')
v. i·so·lat·ed, i·so·lat·ing, i·so·lates

  1. To set apart or cut off from others.

  2. To place in quarantine.

  3. To separate a pure strain from a mixed bacterial or fungal culture.

  4. To separate or remove a chemical substance out of a combined mixture.

  5. To separate experiences or memories from the emotions relating to them.

n. (-lĭt, -lāt')
A bacterial or fungal strain that has been isolated.
i'so·la'tor n.
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isolated definition


compact

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Example sentences
When the isolated parts were viewed together, the paleontologists were struck
  by the size of the dinosaur.
There were probably a number of these isolated habitats.
The cheetahs had been isolated on a hilltop away from visitors in hopes they
  would mate.
Visitors navigate sharp corners, climb into alcoves and slip into half-hidden,
  isolated areas.
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