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.

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  • 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


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

From French isolé, from Italian isolato, from Latin īnsulātus, made into an island, from īnsula, island.


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