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  • v. Present participle of isolate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Employing the principle or producing the effect of isolation: specifically applied in philology to monosyllabic languages in which each word is a simple, uninflected root.

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  • adj. relating to or being a language in which each word typically expresses a distinct idea and part of speech and syntactical relations are determined almost exclusively by word order and particles


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  • Both workers succeeded in isolating from the urine of pregnant women a substance in crystalline form having oestrogenic effects.

    Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1939 - Presentation Speech

  • The recent increase in military tempo here to what they say -- what they describe as isolating the city to surround it, to contain the insurgents here, to move forward operating bases deeper into the city to try and root out the insurgency, that has caused, in some areas, some people of Ramadi to flee the city.

    CNN Transcript Jun 20, 2006

  • Choosing one (1) knife is as difficult as choosing one rifle or sidearm, so I wish you the best of luck in isolating your choice, but I'm inclined to think if you handle the ones that appeal to you most, one of them will "fit" or feel just a bit better than the others.

    whats your favorite knife?

  • They have succeeded in isolating the bacillus leprae and studying it.

    Good-bye, Jack

  • Let me start by saying that I don't believe in isolating any one (or one set of) disciplines - good learning must be holistic and serve the complete child.


  • HPV-6 DNA, however, turned out to be helpful in isolating another closely related genital wart papillomavirus, HPV-11, initially from a laryngeal papilloma.

    Harald zur Hausen - Autobiography

  • Looking at this pragmatically, are there still plenty of incentives for people to invest in isolating and identifing genes without gaining an ownership interest in the use of the gene?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Gene Patent(s?) Invalidated:

  • An underground barrier to prevent tunneling by smugglers along Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip has been dubbed a "wall of shame" by Arab writers and politicians who charge that Cairo is siding with Israel in isolating the 1.5 million Palestinians living in the seaside enclave.

    POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: December 23, 1009

  • I would suggest to Barack and Michele that they have a worship service at the WH and have a room set aside as a chapel of sorts. the unfortunate thing about life in the WH is that it can be isolating from the mainstream. george kurian

    Time: No churchgoing Christmas for the first family

  • "They are targeting the peasants to take their lands and to get rich just expropriating illegally the work of those peasants," she said, adding that the Colombian army has succeeded in isolating FARC and may well defeat it.

    Former Colombian Presidential Candidate Releases Memoir of Six Years in Captivity


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  • My adjectival use: 'Becoming deaf is an isolating experience.'

    August 22, 2011