verb (used with object)
Origin of island
Related Words for islandspeninsula, reef, archipelago, enclave, islet, isle, sanctuary, bar, shelter, retreat, key, haven, refuge, atoll, cay
Examples from the Web for islands
Contemporary Examples of islands
In 1957, the islands came under repeated shelling by Mainland--or as it was then called, “Red”-- China.
During a debate, the candidates were asked about the islands.
The two islands are now tourist sites for visitors from Taiwan and mainland China.
Nixon said defending the two islands was “a matter of principle.”
Islands overrun by flawed people, both indigenous and imperialist.How Haoles Destroyed Hawaii
December 7, 2014
Historical Examples of islands
But my father had worked as far as the Grass Flats and beyond them, to a place of islands.'The Trail Book
Let us hope that these islands may one day be made free and independent.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
The voyage from Singapore to the Islands was without incident.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Of course if the islands were the Indies, the people must be Indians.
What islands did Columbus find and claim for Spain on his first voyage?
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.