verb (used with object), in·su·lat·ed, in·su·lat·ing.
Origin of insulate
Examples from the Web for insulate
The perils of a heroin addiction for a user who is without the means to "insulate" themselves from disease and crime are many.
With Watergate closing in, Nixon fired Haldeman and Ehrlichman in a fruitless effort to insulate himself.The Nixon Home Movies: Glimpses of Tragedy in ‘Our Nixon’|Eleanor Clift|August 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We insulate ourselves from such natural volatility at our own peril.A Manifesto for Disorder: Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s ‘Antifragile’ Reviewed|Robert Herritt|November 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Both candidates push the zombie notion that an energy-independent U.S. can insulate itself from global disruptions.
They also insulate and isolate conservatives from real-world policy debates.
Insulate each pipe, except the part in the room to be heated, with asbestos or some other covering, to keep the heat in it.Mechanical Devices in the Home|Edith Louise Allen
It was not necessary to insulate this with anything heavier than friction tape, as this was to be only a temporary installation.The Radio Boys at Mountain Pass|Allen Chapman
In my pocket I had a roll of insulating ribbon, rubber used to insulate wires; with that I bandaged him.A German deserter's war experience|Anonymous
Let a charged jar be placed on a glass plate so as to insulate the outer coat.Hawkins Electrical Guide, Number One|Nehemiah Hawkins
These, when dry, insulate almost, but not quite as well as solid paraffin.On Laboratory Arts|Richard Threlfall
British Dictionary definitions for insulate
Word Origin for insulate
Word Origin and History for insulate
1530s, "make into an island," from Latin insulatus, from insula (see insular). Sense of "cause a person or thing to be detached from surroundings" is from 1785. Electrical/chemical sense of "block from electricity or heat" is from 1742. Related: Insulated; insulating.