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

  • transitive v. To make into an island.
  • transitive v. To set apart from others; isolate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make into an island
  • v. To isolate

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make an island of; insulate; place apart.


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  • The word is used at least twice in "A Game of Hide and Seek" by Elizabeth Taylor (London: Virago, 2008). First published 1951.

    Example 1: "His silent attention so enisled her that it was if he bandaged her heart as well as her hand." (p. 200)

    Example 2: "The phlegmy fog thickened the darkness beyond the windows and enisled them there." (p. 231)

    July 14, 2009