American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause to be in a detached or isolated position. See Synonyms at isolate.
- v. To prevent the passage of heat, electricity, or sound into or out of, especially by surrounding with a nonconducting material.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make an island of (a place) by surrounding it with water.
- To place in an isolated situation or condition; set apart from immediate contact or association with others; detach; segregate.
- In electricity and thermotics, to separate, as an electrified or heated body, from other bodies by the interposition of a non-conductor; more specifically, in the case of electricity, to separate from the earth (since an electrified body tends to part with its electricity to the earth). This is accomplished by supporting the body by means of silk, glass, resin, or some other non-conductor, or surrounding it with such materials. See
insulator. Also isolate.
- In chem., to free from combination with other substances.
- In entomology, detached from other parts or marks of the same kind.
- v. To separate, detach, or isolate.
- v. To separate a body or material from others, eg. by non-conductors to prevent the transfer of electricity, heat, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To make an island of.
- v. To place in a detached situation, or in a state having no communication with surrounding objects; to isolate; to separate.
- v. (Elec. & Thermotics) To prevent the transfer of electricity or heat to or from (bodies) by the interposition of nonconductors.
- v. protect from heat, cold, or noise by surrounding with insulating material
- v. place or set apart
- From Late Latin insulatus ("made like an island"), past participle of insulare ("to make like an island"), from insula ("island"); see insular. (Wiktionary)
- Latin īnsula, island + -ate1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I suppose I could also consider installing a suspended ceiling inside to help insulate from the radiant heat from the slab, but that wouldn't be my preferred option if I can avoid it.”
“The idea that 12-year terms insulate Regents from political winds should be recognized as fantasy.”
“Like the Electoral College -- which unfortunately still remains -- the point was to "insulate" politics from popular will.”
“But it was either in private or he was protected by a group of people who knew how to kind of insulate him.”
“My muffaletta recipe from the Chicago Tribune about 12 years ago, also adds cream cheese as a first light layer to 'insulate' from too much soppage, I suppose, and also has tomato slices and fresh spinach leaves.”
“But the effort to "insulate" federal judges from intellectual influences is foolish.”
“And those kind of insulate some of the Republicans that are in trouble because there's more Republicans now in some of those districts.”
“Therefore you must "insulate" yourself -- that is, put on your hands something that will not let the electricity into your body -- or stand on something that will "insulate" you; for instance, rubber gloves or rubber tobacco pouches, dry silk handkerchiefs, other silk garments or newspapers used in place of gloves if necessary.”
“Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he's attracted to the idea of separating financial institutions' activities to "insulate" the economy from the risks taken by investment banks.”
“Juels said that it is important that cloud computing providers make sure they build in safeguards to "insulate" virtual machine from these kinds of data breaches.”
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