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island

[ ahy-luhnd ]
/ ˈaɪ lənd /
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noun
verb (used with object)
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Origin of island

before 900; Middle English iland,Old English īgland, īland, variant of īegland, equivalent to īeg island (cognate with Old Norse ey) + landland; spelling with -s- by association with isle

OTHER WORDS FROM island

is·land·ish, is·land·like, adjectiveis·land·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for island

island
/ (ˈaɪlənd) /

noun
a mass of land that is surrounded by water and is smaller than a continent
anatomy a part, structure, or group of cells distinct in constitution from its immediate surroundingsRelated adjective: insular
verb (tr) rare
to cause to become an island
to intersperse with islands
to place on an island; insulate; isolate

Derived forms of island

island-like, adjective

Word Origin for island

Old English īgland, from īg island + land; s inserted through influence of isle
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Scientific definitions for island

island
[ īlənd ]

A land mass, especially one smaller than a continent, entirely surrounded by water.
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