verb (used with object), quar·an·tined, quar·an·tin·ing.
- quarantine anchorage,
- quarantine flag,
- quark model
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.
Adding an extra three weeks of quarantine on to every trip makes it hard to fit this coverage into our lives.
The quarantine had either failed by then, or did shortly after.
But the quarantine, lifted just 10 days in, was a colossal failure.
Entire towns or neighborhoods could not be targeted for quarantine, Hodge said.
Quarantine was put on for three weeks, and was but lifted for a few hours when a new batch of cases came down.The Search|Grace Livingston Hill
The muzzling order and quarantine has been the means of abolishing this deadly malady from England.Sporting Dogs|Frank Townend Barton
Have a quarantine at your front door for all books and newspapers.Around The Tea-Table|T. De Witt Talmage
Remember, we went through a quarantine and were healed of just about everything that was wrong with us.The Enormous Room|Horace Leonard Gold
The “yellow flag” is the ensign of the quarantine establishment.Eothen|A. W. Kinglake
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.