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[in-suh-leyt, ins-yuh-] /ˈɪn səˌleɪt, ˈɪns yə-/
verb (used with object), insulated, insulating.
to cover, line, or separate with a material that prevents or reduces the passage, transfer, or leakage of heat, electricity, or sound:
to insulate an electric wire with a rubber sheath; to insulate a coat with down.
to place in an isolated situation or condition; segregate.
Origin of insulate
1530-40; < Latin insulātus made into an island. See insula, -ate1
Related forms
noninsulating, adjective
preinsulate, verb (used with object), preinsulated, preinsulating.
reinsulate, verb (used with object), reinsulated, reinsulating.
superinsulated, adjective
uninsulated, adjective
well-insulated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for insulated
  • But you can't stay insulated here, because the penguins won't let you.
  • University presses used to be agents of the university, and were similarly insulated from the illogic of the marketplace.
  • Academia is filled with personal disappointments and perceived failures: no one can be insulated from them.
  • Also, the walks will probably be shoveled, so you don't have to wear insulated hiking boots.
  • Seemingly insulated from all harm, they became reckless.
  • The next generation concentrated solar plants will store energy by heating oil which is held in an insulated tank.
  • He showed that light could modify the wetting angle of a conducting droplet sitting on an insulated conductor.
  • The technique results in an array of transistors that have good electrical properties and are insulated from one another.
  • For additional warmth, they insulated the camera and phone with newspaper and put chemical hand warmers next to each device.
  • The warmed air traveled through a duct and across enclosed, insulated storage bins built into the walls of the house.
British Dictionary definitions for insulated


verb (transitive)
to prevent or reduce the transmission of electricity, heat, or sound to or from (a body, device, or region) by surrounding with a nonconducting material
to isolate or detach
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin insulātus: made into an island
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Word Origin and History for insulated



1530s, "make into an island," from Latin insulatus, from insula (see insular). Sense of "cause a person or thing to be detached from surroundings" is from 1785. Electrical/chemical sense of "block from electricity or heat" is from 1742. Related: Insulated; insulating.

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