a tract of land completely surrounded by water, and not large enough to be called a continent.
something resembling an island, especially in being isolated or having little or no direct communication with others.
a raised platform with a counter or other work surface on top situated in the middle area of a room, especially a kitchen, so as to permit access from all sides.
a low concrete platform for gasoline pumps at an automotive service station.
a clump of woodland in a prairie.
an isolated hill.
Anatomy. an isolated portion of tissue differing in structure from the surrounding tissue.
Railroads. a platform or building between sets of tracks.
to make into an island.
to dot with islands.
to place on an island; isolate.
- is·land·ish, is·land·like, adjective
- is·land·less, adjective
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How to use island in a sentence
But Krauss said that from the moment he and the other scientists arrived on the island, they never saw anything untoward.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking | M.L. Nestel | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Let Jourdan Dunn be the first of many—not an island, or badge of self-congratulation.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem | Danielle Belton | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Guy Molinari, a former Staten island borough president, pushed back against that view.Will Dirty Pol Vito Fossella Replace Dirty Pol Michael Grimm? | David Freedlander | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They were able to purchase weapons and plot attacks on the island without much interference.Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker: The Strange Tale of the Cuban Five | Nina Strochlic | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They were called La Red Avispa (The Wasp Network) and claim to have successfully foiled a number of threats against the island.Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker: The Strange Tale of the Cuban Five | Nina Strochlic | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A lateen sail was visible in the direction of Cat island, and others to the south seemed almost motionless in the far distance.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
A volcano broke out in the island of St. George, one of the Azores.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
The Dutch fleet attacked Burnt island, in Scotland, but were repulsed.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
In 1622 a monopoly of the importation of tobacco was granted to the Virginia and Somers island, companies.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
At last the report of several rifles from the island of trees gave us a clue to the mystery.
British Dictionary definitions for island
a mass of land that is surrounded by water and is smaller than a continent
See traffic island
anatomy a part, structure, or group of cells distinct in constitution from its immediate surroundings: Related adjective: insular
to cause to become an island
to intersperse with islands
to place on an island; insulate; isolate
- island-like, adjective
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Scientific definitions for island
A land mass, especially one smaller than a continent, entirely surrounded by water.
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