verb (used with object), i·so·lat·ed, i·so·lat·ing.
Origin of isolate
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Historical Examples of isolator
At each corner of the Vesta plate is a slot into which the isolator fits, as shown in Fig. 263.
The pressure causes the isolator to straighten out, and the indentations fit snugly under the respective hooks on the plates.
It will be seen that the "D" isolator is of one piece only (shown separately in Fig. 266).
verb (ˈaɪsəˌleɪt) (tr)
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).