American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A land mass, especially one smaller than a continent, entirely surrounded by water.
- n. Something resembling an island, especially in being isolated or surrounded, as:
- n. An unattached kitchen counter providing easy access from all sides.
- n. A raised curbed area, often used to delineate rows of parking spaces or lanes of traffic.
- n. The superstructure of a ship, especially an aircraft carrier.
- n. Anatomy A cluster of cells differing in structure or function from the cells constituting the surrounding tissue.
- v. To make into or as if into an island; insulate: a secluded mansion, islanded by shrubbery and fences.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tract of land surrounded by water, whether of the sea, a river, or a lake: in contradistinction to mainland or continent.
- n. Something resembling an island: as, an island of floating ice.
- n. A hill rising out of low ground or swampy land, a small clump of woodland in a prairie, or the like.
- n. A meringue of white of egg and sugar floating in divisions upon soft custard.
- To cause to become or appear like an island; insulate.
- To dot as with islands.
- See Iceland, Iceland dog.
- n. In anatomy, any circumscribed portion of tissue or aggregation of cells differing in structure from the surrounding parts.
- Isolated; separate.
- n. A contiguous area of land, smaller than a continent, totally surrounded by water.
- n. An entity surrounded by other entities that are very different from itself.
- n. A superstructure on an aircraft carrier's deck
- n. UK A traffic island.
- v. transitive To surround with water; make into an island
- v. transitive To set, dot (as if) with islands
- v. transitive To isolate
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A tract of land surrounded by water, and smaller than a continent. Cf. Continent.
- n. Anything regarded as resembling an island.
- n. (Zoöl.) See Isle, n., 2.
- v. To cause to become or to resemble an island; to make an island or islands of; to isle.
- v. To furnish with an island or with islands.
- n. a zone or area resembling an island
- n. a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water
- Alteration (influenced by isle) of Middle English ilond, from Old English īegland : īg, īeg; + land, land. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Abyssinian coast, and anchored at night three leagues short of it, under an island which we named _Crab island_, owing to the great abundance of crabs we found there.”
“Ethiopia, [Southern Africa,] close adjoining to which is a small island, called _Conie island_, [Dassen island] all low land, and bordered by many dangerous rocks to seawards.”
A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 09 Arranged in Systematic Order: Forming a Complete History of the Origin and Progress of Navigation, Discovery, and Commerce, by Sea and Land, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time
“On an island like this, I use the term island because it is only accessible by boat and cut off from the main world, time is not a valuable commodity.”
“He has come to the title island, the home to a hospital for the criminally insane that sits in the midst of Boston Harbor, because a violent patient who murdered her own children has disappeared from her cell.”
“Sadly, the island is apparently full of chocolate tea haters, from the national chain grocery stores all the way to the speciality tea store.”
“But at least, Penangites know for sure that their island is an international industrial town.”
“Moving ones gear onto and off of the island is a royal pain in the butt, however one is paid off in beautiful scenery and good hunting.”
“The story of how the Losties ended up working for Dharma was interesting, as was the revelation that whatever caused the problems with pregnant women on the island is a fairly recent phenomenon, at least post 1977.”
“Joining the Irishmen on the island is another group of clichés.”
“I should explain that for some enthusiasts of Irish history, rerunning the partition of the island is a favourite pastime, and the most significant point of departure is the conference held at Buckingham Palace in July 1914, to try to get agreement on what parts of Ulster should be excluded from the jurisdiction of an autonomous Home Rule government in Ireland.”
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