verb (used with object), quar·an·tined, quar·an·tin·ing.
Origin of quarantine
Related Words for quarantinedetention, sequester, separation, seclusion, segregation, sequestration, lazaretto, segregate, confine, separate, seclude, insulate, remove, restrict, detach, cordon
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Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of quarantine
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
Word Origin 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.
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.