verb (used with object)
Origin of island
Related Words for islandpeninsula, reef, archipelago, enclave, islet, isle, sanctuary, bar, shelter, retreat, key, haven, refuge, atoll, cay
Examples from the Web for island
Contemporary Examples of island
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
January 8, 2015
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
January 2, 2015
They were able to purchase weapons and plot attacks on the island without much interference.
They were called La Red Avispa (The Wasp Network) and claim to have successfully foiled a number of threats against the island.
Today, as president, he constantly praises Fidel and Raúl in his speeches and frequently travels to the island.Venezuela Says Goodbye to Its Lil Friend, While the Rest of the Continent Cheers
December 20, 2014
Historical Examples of island
She's sitting up nights to corner all the Amalgamated Hard-luck on the island.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Then they launched the ship's boat, in which Bates had come to the island, and put out to sea.
I wonder how it would seem to live on such an island as this?
Feeling sure that there was no one on the island but himself, he thought he was deceived.
And, of this island realm, he and his companion were the undisputed sovereigns.
verb (tr) rare
Word Origin for island
1590s, earlier yland (c.1300), from Old English igland "island," from ieg "island" (from Proto-Germanic *aujo "thing on the water," from PIE *akwa- "water;" see aqua-) + land "land." Spelling modified 15c. by association with similar but unrelated isle. An Old English cognate was ealand "river-land, watered place, meadow by a river." In place names, Old English ieg is often used of "slightly raised dry ground offering settlement sites in areas surrounded by marsh or subject to flooding" [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names]. Related: Islander.