Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Separated from others; solitary or singular: Reporters in the field observed isolated instances of rebellion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Placed or standing apart or alone; in isolation.
  • adj. Such that no pawn of the same color is in an adjacent file.
  • adj. affecting 10 percent to 20 percent of a forecast zone.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of isolate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Placed or standing alone; detached; separated from others.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Standing detached from others of a like kind; placed by itself or alone.
  • In chem., pure; freed from combination.

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

  • adj. marked by separation of or from usually contiguous elements
  • adj. cut off or left behind
  • adj. not close together in time
  • adj. remote and separate physically or socially
  • adj. being or feeling set or kept apart from others
  • adj. under forced isolation especially for health reasons

Etymologies

From French isolé, from Italian isolato, from Latin īnsulātus, made into an island, from īnsula, island.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • A Liverpool police spokesman says police are taking swift and robust action to what he calls "isolated outbreaks of disorder."

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  • Ben Venue's Mr. Kurtz said the company immediately began an investigation of the container, which he called an "isolated incident," and reported the incident to the police.

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  • He has filed a criminal case against her for allegedly glorifying what he calls isolated incidents and generalizing the city as Talibanized.

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  • In response to Wall Street Journal questions about the Tribune holding its story at Mr. Fitzgerald's request, Tribune spokesman Gary Weitman cited a statement released Tuesday by Gerould Kern, the Tribune's editor, in which he said that such requests are granted in what he called isolated instances.

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  • On Fox News, conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer and Bill O'Reilly cautioned not to judge the entire drug war by the video, which they characterized as an isolated incident.

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  • They steadfastly maintained that their original inquiry, which led to the conviction of one reporter and one private investigator, had put an end to what they called an isolated incident.

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  • It also noted what it called "isolated examples" of anti-U.S. sentiment such as flag burning during protests and warned that foreigners could become targets.

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  • Prosecutors recommended a sentence of four to 12 years in prison but Haggerty's lawyers, Raymond Castello and Dennis Vacco, argued that a sentence of probation and community service would be more appropriate for what they described as an isolated incident.

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  • This all, whether in isolated regions of Oaxaca State or Chiapas, boils down to politics and power struggles intertwined with religious factionalism.

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  • In chess, a pawn with no pawns in the adjacent files.

    February 21, 2007