A prairie islanded with wooded tracts.
- An unattached kitchen counter providing easy access from all sides.
- A raised curbed area, often used to delineate rows of parking spaces or lanes of traffic.
- The superstructure of a ship, especially an aircraft carrier.
A secluded mansion, islanded by shrubbery and fences.
- 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.
An example of an island is Ellis Island in New York City.
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.
The island in the middle of a roundabout.
Other Word Forms
Origin of island
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From earlier iland, from Middle English iland, yland, ylond, from Old English īġland, īeġland, ēaland (“island”), from Old English īeġ (“island”) (from Proto-Germanic *awiz, *awjō (“island, water, waterland, meadow”), from Proto-Indo-European *akw- (“water”)) + land (“land”), equivalent to ea + land. Cognate with Scots iland, yland (“island”), West Frisian eilân (“island”), Saterland Frisian Ailound (“island”), Dutch eiland (“island”), Low German Eiland (“island”), German Eiland (“island”), Danish øland (“island”), Icelandic eyland (“island”). The erroneous insertion of s—a late (16th century) spelling modification—is due to unrelated term isle. Related also to German Aue (“water-meadow”), Latin aqua (“water”). More at ea.