A man insulates a building.
- An example of insulate is wrapping vegetables in foil before grilling them next to a steak.
- An example of insulate is wrapping a hot water heater to prevent the heat of the water from escaping into the air.
Insulate is defined as to separate or keep from others.
transitive verb-·lat·ed, -·lat·ing
- to set apart; detach from the rest; isolate
- to separate or cover with a nonconducting material in order to prevent the passage or leakage of electricity, heat, sound, radioactive particles, etc.
Origin of insulatefrom Classical Latin insulatus, made like an island from insula, isle
transitive verbin·su·lat·ed, in·su·lat·ing, in·su·lates
- To prevent the passage of heat, electricity, or sound into or out of, especially by surrounding or covering with a nonconducting material: insulate an attic.
- To cause to be in a detached or isolated position. See Synonyms at isolate.
Origin of insulateLatin īnsula island -ate 1
(third-person singular simple present insulates, present participle insulating, simple past and past participle insulated)