- separated from other persons or things; alone; solitary.
Origin of isolated
- to set or place apart; detach or separate so as to be alone.
- Medicine/Medical. to keep (an infected person) from contact with noninfected persons; quarantine.
- Chemistry, Bacteriology. to obtain (a substance or microorganism) in an uncombined or pure state.
- Electricity. to insulate.
- Television. to single out (a person, action, etc.) for a camera closeup.
- a person, thing, or group that is set apart or isolated, as for purposes of study.
- Psychology. a person, often shy or lacking in social skills, who avoids the company of others and has no friends within a group.
- Biology. an inbreeding population that is isolated from similar populations by physiological, behavioral, or geographic barriers.
- Also called language isolate. Linguistics. a language with no demonstrable genetic relationship, as Basque.
- something that has been isolated, as a by-product in a manufacturing process: an isolate of soy flour.
- isolated; alone.
Origin of isolate
Examples from the Web for isolated
Isolated lesbians learned that there were other women like them via books whose covers aimed to titillate heterosexual men.How Pulp Fiction Saved Literature
January 8, 2015
Which is impossible unless people talk publicly rather than letting each crime be its own isolated incident.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism
January 3, 2015
For many years, visitors were barred from the isolated towns.The Himalayas’ Hidden Aryans
January 3, 2015
He has contributed to a false picture of law enforcement based on isolated injustices.Bill de Blasio’s Tea Party Problem
December 30, 2014
All of us can readily conjure up horror scenarios by the isolated person acting badly.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
The Causses, owing to their isolated position, may be said to have escaped a history.The Roof of France
Standing up, I pointed to distant mountains and isolated peaks.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
The book I give to the public, is not made up of isolated articles.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
Hermits and those who live on isolated farms are interesting in this respect.The Sexual Question
If only he had been an isolated soul he would not have felt so keenly.Cleo The Magnificent
- to place apart; cause to be alone
- med to quarantine (a person or animal) having or suspected of having a contagious disease
- to obtain (a compound) in an uncombined form
- to obtain pure cultures of (bacteria, esp those causing a particular disease)
- electronics to prevent interaction between (circuits, components, etc); insulate
- an isolated person or group
Word Origin and History for isolated
1763, from French isolé "isolated" (17c.) + English -ated (see -ate (2)). The French word is from Italian isolato, from Latin insulatus "made into an island," from insula "island." The French word was used at first in English (isole, also isole'd, c.1750), then after isolate became an English word, isolated became its past participle.
by 1786, a new formation from isolated (q.v.).
The translation of this work is well performed, excepting that fault from which few translations are wholly exempt, and which is daily tending to corrupt our language, the adoption of French expressions. We have here evasion for escape, twice or more times repeated; brigands very frequently; we have the unnecessary and foolish word isolate; and, if we mistake not, paralize, which at least has crept in through a similar channel. Translators cannot be too careful on this point, as it is a temptation to which they are constantly exposed. ["The British Critic," April 1799]
As a noun from 1890, from earlier adjectival use (1819).
- To set apart or cut off from others.
- To place in quarantine.
- To separate a pure strain from a mixed bacterial or fungal culture.
- To separate or remove a chemical substance out of a combined mixture.
- To separate experiences or memories from the emotions relating to them.
- A bacterial or fungal strain that has been isolated.