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

  • n. The act of isolating.
  • n. The quality or condition of being isolated. See Synonyms at solitude.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being isolated, detached, or separated.
  • n. The act of isolating.
  • n. The state of not having diplomatic relations with other countries (either with most or all other countries, or with specified other countries).
  • n. The obtaining of an element from one of its compounds, or of a compound from a mixture
  • n. The separation of a patient, suffering from a contagious disease, from contact with others
  • n. a database property that determines when and how changes made in one transaction are visible to other concurrent transactions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of isolating, or the state of being isolated; insulation; separation; loneliness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being isolated or alone.
  • n. Specifically, removal from communication or contact with others; also, the condition of being so removed.
  • n. In psychology, the process whereby one selects a certain quality of an object for consideration, to the neglect of other qualities; selection by attention.

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

  • n. a state of separation between persons or groups
  • n. a feeling of being disliked and alone
  • n. a country's withdrawal from international politics
  • n. the act of isolating something; setting something apart from others
  • n. (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which memory of an unacceptable act or impulse is separated from the emotion originally associated with it


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