Origin of isolating
- 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
Related Words for isolatingdisengage, confine, disconnect, divide, separate, insulate, remove, segregate, sequester, detach, seclude, divorce, abstract, part, sunder, quarantine, sever, island
Examples from the Web for isolating
Contemporary Examples of isolating
Identifying patients with an infection, isolating them, and providing quality care, are the key methods needed to stop Ebola.Why New York’s Ebola Case Will Hurt Infected Patients Everywhere
October 24, 2014
Nomani said her activism, which took root before the emergence of social media, has often been lonely and isolating.Twin visions of Islamic Feminism Split Muslim Community
September 21, 2014
She cites military tactics of isolating and compartmentalizing as a way to deal with the transition.The Woman Stuck in a Navy SEAL's Body
September 4, 2014
So would allowing women a greater role as decision-makers in the Church rather than isolating them further.The Secret Pope Francis Haters
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 11, 2014
How the medical community is cutting out abortion training and isolating the very doctors that women need most.The Medical Community’s Hidden Abortion-Training War
February 27, 2014
Historical Examples of isolating
At least there are difficulties in isolating anything we can call love of race.The Psychology of Nations
They have succeeded in isolating the bacillus leprae and studying it.The House of Pride
The temper of the age in fact was changing, and isolating her as it changed.History of the English People, Volume V (of 8)
John Richard Green
The self-sufficingness of Stoicism is essentially inhuman and isolating.Expositions of Holy Scripture
I take forty Bees, isolating them, as usual, in screws of paper.The Mason-bees
J. Henri Fabre
- linguistics another word for analytic
- 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 for isolate
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.