|1.||a mass of land that is surrounded by water and is smaller than a continent|
|2.||See traffic island|
|3.||anatomy a part, structure, or group of cells distinct in constitution from its immediate surroundingsRelated: insular|
|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 + |
island is·land (ī'lənd)
An isolated tissue or group of cells that is separated from the surrounding tissues by a groove or is marked by a difference in structure or function.
|island (ī'lənd) Pronunciation Key
A land mass, especially one smaller than a continent, entirely surrounded by water.
(Heb. 'i, "dry land," as opposed to water) occurs in its usual signification (Isa. 42:4, 10, 12, 15, comp. Jer. 47:4), but more frequently simply denotes a maritime region or sea-coast (Isa. 20:6, R.V.," coastland;" 23:2, 6; Jer. 2:10; Ezek. 27:6, 7). (See CHITTIM.) The shores of the Mediterranean are called the "islands of the sea" (Isa. 11:11), or the "isles of the Gentiles" (Gen. 10:5), and sometimes simply "isles" (Ps. 72:10); Ezek. 26:15, 18; 27:3, 35; Dan. 11:18).