island

[ahy-luhnd]
noun
1.
a tract of land completely surrounded by water, and not large enough to be called a continent.
2.
something resembling an island, especially in being isolated or having little or no direct communication with others.
3.
a raised platform with a counter or other work surface on top situated in the middle area of a room, especially a kitchen, so as to permit access from all sides.
5.
a low concrete platform for gasoline pumps at an automotive service station.
6.
a clump of woodland in a prairie.
7.
an isolated hill.
8.
Anatomy. an isolated portion of tissue differing in structure from the surrounding tissue.
9.
Railroads. a platform or building between sets of tracks.
verb (used with object)
10.
to make into an island.
11.
to dot with islands.
12.
to place on an island; isolate.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English iland, Old English īgland, īland, variant of īegland, equivalent to īeg island (cognate with Old Norse ey) + land land; spelling with -s- by association with isle

islandish, islandlike, adjective
islandless, adjective
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island (ˈaɪlənd)
 
n
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
 
vb
4.  to cause to become an island
5.  to intersperse with islands
6.  to place on an island; insulate; isolate
 
Related: insular
 
[Old English īgland, from īg island + land; s inserted through influence of isle]
 
'island-like
 
adj

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island
O.E. igland "island," from ieg "island" (from P.Gmc. *aujo "thing on the water," from PIE *akwa- "water") + land "land." Spelling modified 15c. by association with similar but unrelated isle. An O.E. cognate was ealand "river-land, watered place, meadow by a river."
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Medical Dictionary

island is·land (ī'lənd)
n.
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.

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Science Dictionary
island   (ī'lənd)  Pronunciation Key 
A land mass, especially one smaller than a continent, entirely surrounded by water.
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Bible Dictionary

Island definition


(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).

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Example sentences
Another of the island's infrastructure-management systems has become a model
  for the world: that for water.
When the river is full water runs through it, converting the point of land into
  an island.
Owning an island retreat has become a reality for a considerable number of
  families.
But how they arrived on the island has baffled scientists for centuries.
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