- Quarantine is the place where someone or something is kept separate from others in case or because of a contagious illness.
An example of quarantine is a dog kennel at a customs office.
- To quarantine is defined as to keep someone or something away from others.
An example of to quarantine is to keep a sick girl away from her classmates.
- the period, orig. 40 days, during which an arriving vessel suspected of carrying contagious disease is detained in port in strict isolation
- the place where such a vessel is stationed
- any isolation or restriction on travel or passage imposed to keep contagious diseases, etc. from spreading
- the state of being quarantined
- a place where persons, animals, or plants having contagious diseases, etc. are kept in isolation, or beyond which they may not travel
- any period of seclusion, social ostracism, etc.
Origin of quarantineItalian quarantina, literally , space of forty days ; from quaranta, forty ; from Classical Latin quadraginta ; from base of quattuor, four
- to place under quarantine
- to isolate politically, commercially, socially, etc.
- a. A condition, period of time, or place in which a person, animal, plant, vehicle, or amount of material suspected of carrying an infectious agent is kept in confinement or isolated in an effort to prevent disease from spreading.b. An action resulting in such a condition: the government's quarantine of the animals.
- a. An action to isolate another nation, such as a blockade of its ports or a severance of diplomatic or trade relations.b. The condition of being isolated by such an action.
- Computers The isolation of data or data transmissions in order to keep viruses, worms, or other malware from infecting a computer or computer network.
transitive verbquar·an·tined, quar·an·tin·ing, quar·an·tines
Origin of quarantineItalian quarantena, from Venetian dialectal Italian, quarantine of a ship (so called because the length of the quarantine was typically forty days), from Old Italian quarantina, period of forty days (such as one designated for fasting or penance), from quaranta, forty, from Latin quadraginta; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.
Directly from Latin quadraginta (“forty")
- A sanitary measure to prevent the spread of a contagious plague by isolating those believed to be infected.
- Such official detention of a ship at or off port due to suspicion that it may be carrying a contagious disease aboard.
- A certain place for isolating persons suspected of suffering from a contagious disease.
- A certain period of time during which a person is isolated to determine whether they've been infected with a contagious disease.
- (by extension) Any rigorous measure of isolation, regardless of the reason.
- A record system kept by port health authorities in order to monitor and prevent the spread of contagious diseases.
- (computing) A place where email messages or other files which are suspected of harboring a virus are stored.
(third-person singular simple present quarantines, present participle quarantining, simple past and past participle quarantined)
quarantine - Computer Definition
To isolate files, just as to quarantine sick persons means to isolate them from others in order to stop the spread of disease. Typically, files suspected of containing a virus are put into quarantine so that they cannot be opened or executed.
Symantec’s AntiVirus Corporate Edition of software detects suspected files as well as virus-infected files that cannot be patched with current sets of virus-definition remedies. From the “Quarantine” area on a local computer, the quarantined files can be forwarded to Symantec Security Response’s central network quarantine for analysis. If the file is found to be infected by a new virus, updated virus definitions and remedies are returned.
Symantec Security Response. Glossary. [Online, July 15, 2004]. Symantec Security Response Website. http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/refa.html.
To take a spyware or virus-infected file out of harm's way by stripping its rights or by moving it to a folder that cannot be easily accessible by regular file management utilities. For example, if an antivirus program cannot remove the virus from an executable file, it generally quarantines it. The quarantine function may be an option in antivirus software so that companies can keep a record of which users have been infected, where the file came from as well as to send the virus to the antivirus vendor for inspection. Spyware blockers quarantine files so that they can be restored if required. See antivirus program, disinfect and spyware blocker.