Definition of Insulate

1. Verb. Protect from heat, cold, or noise by surrounding with insulating material. "We had his bedroom insulated before winter came"

Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Weatherstrip, Soundproof
Derivative terms: Insulant, Insulation, Insulation, Insulator

2. Verb. Place or set apart. "They isolated the political prisoners from the other inmates"
Exact synonyms: Isolate
Specialized synonyms: Segregate, Ghettoise, Ghettoize, Cloister, Seclude, Sequester, Sequestrate, Withdraw, Quarantine, Maroon
Generic synonyms: Discriminate, Separate, Single Out
Derivative terms: Insulation, Isolable, Isolation

Definition of Insulate

1. v. t. To make an island of.

Definition of Insulate

1. Verb. To separate, detach, or isolate. ¹

2. Verb. To separate a body or material from others, eg. by non-conductors to prevent the transfer of electricity, heat, etc. ¹

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Definition of Insulate

1. to separate with nonconducting material [v -LATED, -LATING, -LATES]

Medical Definition of Insulate

1. 1. To make an island of. 2. To place in a detached situation, or in a state having no communication with surrounding objects; to isolate; to separate. 3. To prevent the transfer o electricity or heat to or from (bodies) by the interposition of nonconductors. Insulating stool, a stool with legs of glass or some other nonconductor of electricity, used for insulating a person or any object placed upon it. Origin: L. Insulatus insulated, fr. Insula island. See Isle, and cf. Isolate. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Insulate

insular gray fox
insular gyri
insular hypothesis
insular part
insular part of middle cerebral artery
insular sclerosis
insular veins
insulate (current term)
insulating material
insulating tape
insulating tapes
insulin-antagonizing factor

Literary usage of Insulate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Jena Glass and Its Scientific and Industrial Applications: And Its by Heinrich Hovestadt (1902)
"At the outset all will insulate well ; but after some time considerable differences will show themselves. " Decidedly bad glasses will then be recognizable ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Thus, if we insulate the sole of the electroscope, and connect A with the leaves, and В with the gauze, the divergence of the leave* corresponds to the ..."

3. Jena Glass: And Its Scientific and Industrial Applications by Heinrich Hovestadt (1902)
"At the outset all will insulate well; but after some time considerable differences will show themselves. ..."

4. The Americana: A Universal Reference Library, Comprising the Arts and ...edited by Frederick Converse Beach, George Edwin Rines edited by Frederick Converse Beach, George Edwin Rines (1912)
"... used to waterproof and insulate exterior and interior walls of buildings, for cold storage plants, for the lining of reservoirs, for monuments, etc. ..."

5. A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures, and Mines: Containing a Clear Exposition by Andrew Ure (1847)
"The pang are mounted on iron feet, or short pillars, which insulate them from the floor, and allow their whole surface to be inspected, and any flaw to be ..."

6. Collection of the Most Celebrated Voyages and Travels from the Discovery of by Forster, R. P (1818)
"tions, which, combined with the effort of the waters, may have contributed bj immense depressions to insulate it, are still burning with activity at great ..."

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