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

Islands (ˈaɪləndz)
 
pl n
(NZ) the Islands the islands of the South Pacific

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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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island   (ī'lənd)  Pronunciation Key 
A land mass, especially one smaller than a continent, entirely surrounded by water.
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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 for islands
This has enabled them to colonize a wide range, including many oceanic islands.
The first continent consists of five relatively small islands.
It was built almost entirely from material sourced on the islands.
The only places lacking indigenous ants are remote or inhospitable islands.
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