Insulate meaning

ĭn'sə-lāt', ĭns'yə-
To cause to be in a detached or isolated position.
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To separate or cover with a nonconducting material in order to prevent the passage or leakage of electricity, heat, sound, radioactive particles, etc.
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Insulate is defined as to separate or keep from others.

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.

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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.

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To set apart; detach from the rest; isolate.
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To separate a body or material from others, eg. by non-conductors to prevent the transfer of electricity, heat, etc.

Ceramic can be used to insulate power lines.

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Origin of insulate

  • Latin īnsula island –ate
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Late Latin insulatus (“made like an island”), past participle of insulare (“to make like an island”), from insula (“island”); see insular.
    From Wiktionary