- to cover, line, or separate with a material that prevents or reduces the passage, transfer, or leakage of heat, electricity, or sound: to insulate an electric wire with a rubber sheath; to insulate a coat with down.
- to place in an isolated situation or condition; segregate.
Origin of insulate
Examples from the Web for insulated
It had a wide brim and a tall crown, which created an insulated pocket of air and could also be used to carry water.My Love Letter to the Stetson
December 24, 2014
He takes a 2-gallon jug of water out of his freezer and puts it in his insulated lunch bag.‘Degree Mills’ Are Exploiting Veterans and Making Millions Off the GI Bill
June 28, 2014
The popularity of hospitalists has increased dramatically in the last two decades, but they tread an insulated path.Meet Obama’s Controversial Surgeon General Nominee
Soumitra R. Eachempati, MD
February 14, 2014
Insulated from ruin, networked into success, failing upward and retiring in splendor are commonplace.The Music Industry Is Dying? Great
December 26, 2013
How can the GOP overcome their shrinking electorate and see beyond the insulated conservative bubble?Frum-Shrum is Back!
April 29, 2013
The cables are insulated with rubber, upon which sulphuric acid has no effect.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
The bottom of the platform was covered with the insulated fabric.
You were insulated from all other female charms by ye brazen Bells.Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
And upon our horrified gaze the insulated door of the room slid too.Wandl the Invader
Raymond King Cummings
"You mentioned that you had an insulated room," the FBI agent said after a while.That Sweet Little Old Lady
Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
- to prevent or reduce the transmission of electricity, heat, or sound to or from (a body, device, or region) by surrounding with a nonconducting material
- to isolate or detach
Word Origin and History for insulated
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.