Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To make into or as if into an island; insulate: a secluded mansion, islanded by shrubbery and fences.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. A traffic island.
  • v. To surround with water; make into an island
  • v. To set, dot (as if) with islands
  • v. To isolate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tract of land surrounded by water, and smaller than a continent. Cf. Continent.
  • n. Anything regarded as resembling an island.
  • n. See Isle, n., 2.
  • transitive v. To cause to become or to resemble an island; to make an island or islands of; to isle.
  • transitive v. To furnish with an island or with islands.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a zone or area resembling an island
  • n. a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water

Etymologies

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)
From earlier iland, from Middle English iland, yland, ylond, from Old English īġland, īeġland, ēaland ("island"), from Old English īeġ ("island") (from Proto-Germanic *awiz, *awjō (“island, water, waterland, meadow”), from Proto-Indo-European *akw- (“water”)) + land ("land"), equivalent to ea +‎ land. Cognate with Scots iland, yland ("island"), West Frisian eilân ("island"), Saterland Frisian Ailound ("island"), Dutch eiland ("island"), Low German Eiland ("island"), German Eiland ("island"), Danish øland ("island"), Icelandic eyland ("island"). The erroneous insertion of s—a late (16th century) spelling modification—is due to unrelated term isle. Related also to German Aue ("water-meadow"), Latin aqua ("water"). More at ea. (Wiktionary)

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