- a tract of land completely surrounded by water, and not large enough to be called a continent.
- something resembling an island, especially in being isolated or having little or no direct communication with others.
- a raised platform with a counter or other work surface on top situated in the middle area of a room, especially a kitchen, so as to permit access from all sides.
- safety island.
- a low concrete platform for gasoline pumps at an automotive service station.
- a clump of woodland in a prairie.
- an isolated hill.
- Anatomy. an isolated portion of tissue differing in structure from the surrounding tissue.
- Railroads. a platform or building between sets of tracks.
- to make into an island.
- to dot with islands.
- to place on an island; isolate.
Origin of island
Examples from the Web for 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
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?
- the Islands NZ the islands of the South Pacific
- a mass of land that is surrounded by water and is smaller than a continent
- See traffic island
- anatomy a part, structure, or group of cells distinct in constitution from its immediate surroundingsRelated adjective: insular
- to cause to become an island
- to intersperse with islands
- to place on an island; insulate; isolate
Word Origin and History for islands
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.
- An isolated tissue or group of cells that is separated from the surrounding tissues by a groove or is marked by a difference in structure or function.
- A land mass, especially one smaller than a continent, entirely surrounded by water.