insulate

insulate
insulate VERB 1) protect by interposing material to prevent loss of heat or intrusion of sound. 2) cover with non-conducting material to prevent the passage of electricity. 3) protect from something unpleasant.
DERIVATIVES insulator noun.
ORIGIN from Latin insula 'island' .

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  • insulate — in‧su‧late [ˈɪnsjleɪt ǁ ˈɪnsə , ˈɪnʆə ] verb [transitive] to keep something safe from the harmful effects of something: insulate something from/​against something • Such a strategy helps insulate the portfolio from the stock market s volatility …   Financial and business terms

  • Insulate — In su*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Insulated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Insulating}.] [L. insulatus insulated, fr. insula island. See {Isle}, and cf. {Isolate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To make an island of. [Obs.] Pennant. [1913 Webster] 2. To place in a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • insulate — I verb compartmentalize, cut off, detach, isolate, keep apart, quarantine, screen off, seclude, segregate, separate, sequester, set apart, zone II index isolate, protect, seclude Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • insulate — (v.) 1530s, make into an island, from L. insulatus, from insula (see INSULAR (Cf. insular)). Sense of cause a person or thing to be detached from surroundings is from 1785. Electrical/chemical sense of block from electricity or heat is from 1742 …   Etymology dictionary

  • insulate — vb *isolate, segregate, seclude, sequester Analogous words: *separate, part, sever, sunder: *detach, disengage …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • insulate — [v] protect; close off coat, cocoon, cushion, cut off, inlay, island, isolate, keep apart, line, seclude, separate, sequester, set apart, shield, tape, treat, wrap; concept 172 …   New thesaurus

  • insulate — [in′sə lāt΄; in′soolāt΄, in′syoolāt΄] vt. insulated, insulating [< L insulatus, made like an island < insula, ISLE] 1. to set apart; detach from the rest; isolate 2. to separate or cover with a nonconducting material in order to prevent the …   English World dictionary

  • insulate — in|su|late [ˈınsjuleıt US ˈınsə , ˈınʃə ] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: insula; INSULAR] 1.) to cover or protect something with a material that stops electricity, sound, heat etc from getting in or out insulate sth from/against sth ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • insulate — [[t]ɪ̱nsjʊleɪt, AM sə [/t]] insulates, insulating, insulated 1) VERB If a person or group is insulated from the rest of society or from outside influences, they are protected from them. [be V ed from/against n] They wonder if their community is… …   English dictionary

  • insulate — verb (T) 1 to cover or protect something so that electricity, sound, heat etc cannot get in or out: insulated cables | insulate sth from/against: A bird fluffs up its feathers to insulate itself against the cold. 2 to protect someone from… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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