- An island is defined as a body of land surrounded by water.
An example of an island is Ellis Island in New York City.
- The definition of an island is an area that is isolated or stands alone.
- An example of an island is a central counter in a kitchen.
- An example of an island is a raised area in the center of a road.
island definition by Webster's New World
- a land mass not as large as a continent, surrounded by water
- anything like an island in position or isolation; specif.,
- a structure above the flight deck of an aircraft carrier containing the bridge, radar, etc.
- a counter which stands alone as in the central area of a kitchen
- any of the elevated areas of a service station, having a bank of gasoline pumps: a self-service island
- traffic island
- safety island
- Anat. a tissue or cluster of cells differing from surrounding tissue in formation, etc.
Origin: ; from Middle English iland (respelled by associated, association with unrelated isle) ; from Old English igland, iegland, literally , island land and amp; ealand, literally , water land ; from ig, ieg, isle (akin to German aue, Old Norse ey ; from Proto-Germanic an unverified form aujo, akin to an unverified form ahwo) and amp; ea, water ; from Proto-Germanic an unverified form ahwo, water ; from Indo-European an unverified form akwa from source Classical Latin aqua: see land
- to make into or like an island; isolate
- to intersperse with or as with islands: a prairie islanded with wooded tracts
island definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Abbr. Isl. or Is. or I. A land mass, especially one smaller than a continent, entirely surrounded by water.
- Something resembling an island, especially in being isolated or surrounded, as:a. An unattached kitchen counter providing easy access from all sides.b. A raised curbed area, often used to delineate rows of parking spaces or lanes of traffic.c. The superstructure of a ship, especially an aircraft carrier.
- Anatomy A cluster of cells differing in structure or function from the cells constituting the surrounding tissue.
Origin: Alteration (influenced by isle) of Middle English ilond, from Old English īegland : īg, īeg; see akw-ā- in Indo-European roots + land, land; see lendh- in Indo-European roots.Word History: It may seem hard to believe, but Latin aqua, “water,” is related to island, which originally meant “watery land.” Aqua comes almost unchanged from Indo-European *akwā-, “water.” *Akwā- became *ahwō- in Germanic by Grimm's Law and other sound changes. To this was built the adjective *ahwjō-, “watery.” This then evolved to *awwjō- or *auwi-, which in pre-English became *ēaj-, and finally ēg or īeg in Old English. Island, spelled iland, first appears in Old English in King Alfred's translation of Boethius about A.D. 888; the spellings igland and ealond appear in contemporary documents. The s in island is due to a mistaken etymology, confusing the etymologically correct English iland with French isle. Isle comes ultimately from Latin īnsula “island,” a component of paenīnsula, “almost-island,” whence our peninsula.
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