- a strict isolation imposed to prevent the spread of disease.
- a period, originally 40 days, of detention or isolation imposed upon ships, persons, animals, or plants on arrival at a port or place, when suspected of carrying some infectious or contagious disease.
- a system of measures maintained by governmental authority at ports, frontiers, etc., for preventing the spread of disease.
- the branch of the governmental service concerned with such measures.
- a place or station at which such measures are carried out, as a special port or dock where ships are detained.
- the detention or isolation enforced.
- the place, especially a hospital, where people are detained.
- a period of 40 days.
- social, political, or economic isolation imposed as a punishment, as in ostracizing an individual or enforcing sanctions against a foreign state.
- to put in or subject to quarantine.
- to exclude, detain, or isolate for political, social, or hygienic reasons.
Origin of quarantine
Examples from the Web for quarantine
AIDS insanity: When running for the US Senate in 1992, Huckabee called for a quarantine of people who had AIDS.The Devil in Mike Huckabee
January 6, 2015
Adding an extra three weeks of quarantine on to every trip makes it hard to fit this coverage into our lives.The Photojournalist Who Stared Down Ebola
November 8, 2014
The quarantine had either failed by then, or did shortly after.Fighting Ebola and Starvation in Sierra Leone
November 5, 2014
But the quarantine, lifted just 10 days in, was a colossal failure.Meet the Liberian Girls Beating Ebola
October 29, 2014
Entire towns or neighborhoods could not be targeted for quarantine, Hodge said.Are Mandatory Ebola Quarantines Legal?
October 28, 2014
The ship only got to the quarantine ground that day, but in the morning we went to sea.
I left the Plato at the quarantine ground, going to the Sailor's Retreat.
Could you persuade them to let us remain in 'Quarantine,' then, for a few days?The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
But that is impossible, unless you have broken through the quarantine.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
For me, I'm sick of havin' folks act like we was a quarantine station.Shorty McCabe
- a period of isolation or detention, esp of persons or animals arriving from abroad, to prevent the spread of disease, usually consisting of the maximum known incubation period of the suspected disease
- the place or area where such detention is enforced
- any period or state of enforced isolation
- to isolate in or as if in quarantine
- Australian to withhold (a portion of a welfare payment) from a person or group of people
Word Origin and History for quarantine
1520s, "period of 40 days in which a widow has the right to remain in her dead husband's house." Earlier quarentyne (15c.), "desert in which Christ fasted for 40 days," from Latin quadraginta "forty," related to quattuor "four" (see four).
Sense of "period a ship suspected of carrying disease is kept in isolation" is 1660s, from Italian quarantina giorni, literally "space of forty days," from quaranta "forty," from Latin quadraginta. So called from the Venetian custom of keeping ships from plague-stricken countries waiting off its port for 40 days (first enforced 1377) to assure that no latent cases were aboard. The extended sense of "any period of forced isolation" is from 1670s.
1804, from quarantine (n.). Related: Quarantined; quarantining.
- A period of time during which a vehicle, person, or material suspected of carrying a contagious disease is detained at a port of entry under enforced isolation to prevent disease from entering a country.
- A place for such detention.
- Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.
- A condition of enforced isolation.
- A period of 40 days.
- To isolate in or as if in quarantine.
The isolation of people who either have a contagious disease or have been exposed to one, in an attempt to prevent the spread of the disease.