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Isolate


/ˈīsəˌlāt/

Verb

1. To set apart or cut off from others. (wiktionary.org)

2. To place in quarantine or isolation. (wiktionary.org)

3. (Chemistry) To separate a substance in pure form from a mixture. (wiktionary.org)

4. To insulate, or make free of external influence. (wiktionary.org)

5. (Microbiology) To separate a pure strain of bacteria etc. from a mixed culture. (wiktionary.org)

6. To insulate an electrical component from a source of electricity. (wiktionary.org)

 

Adjective

1. Solitary; alone. (thefreedictionary.com)

 

Noun

1. A person, thing, or group that has been isolated, as by geographic, ecologic, or social barriers. (thefreedictionary.com)

2. (Biology) A population of bacteria or other cells that has been isolated. (thefreedictionary.com)

3. (Linguistics) A language isolate. (thefreedictionary.com)

 

Word origin: From French isolé “isolated”. The French word is from Italian isolato, from Latin insulatus “made into an island,” from insula “island.”


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