What does Island mean?

Definitions for Islandˈaɪ lənd

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. island(noun)

    a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water

  2. island(noun)

    a zone or area resembling an island


  1. island(Noun)

    A contiguous area of land, smaller than a continent, totally surrounded by water.

  2. island(Noun)

    An entity surrounded by other entities that are very different from itself.

    an island of tranquility (a calm place surrounded by a noisy environment)

  3. island(Noun)

    A superstructure on an aircraft carrier's deck

  4. island(Verb)

    To surround with water; make into an island

  5. island(Verb)

    To set, dot (as if) with islands

  6. island(Verb)

    To isolate

  7. Island(ProperNoun)

    Long Island (in New York State)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Island(noun)

    a tract of land surrounded by water, and smaller than a continent. Cf. Continent

  2. Island(noun)

    anything regarded as resembling an island; as, an island of ice

  3. Island(noun)

    see Isle, n., 2

  4. Island(verb)

    to cause to become or to resemble an island; to make an island or islands of; to isle

  5. Island(verb)

    to furnish with an island or with islands; as, to island the deep

  6. Origin: [OE. iland, yland, AS. gland, gland, glond; g, g, island + land, lond, land. AS. g, g, is akin to AS. e water, river, OHG. uwa, G. au meadow, Icel. ey island, Dan. & Sw. , Goth. ahwa a stream, water, L. aqua water. The s is due to confusion with isle. Cf. Ait, Eyot, Ewer, Aquatic.]


  1. Island

    An island or isle is any piece of sub-continental land that is surrounded by water. Very small islands such as emergent land features on atolls can be called islets, skerries, cays or keys. An island in a river or a lake island may be called an eyot, ait, or holm. A grouping of geographically or geologically related islands is called an archipelago, e.g. the Philippines. An island may be described as such despite the presence of an artificial land bridge, for example Singapore and its causeway, or the various Dutch delta islands, such as IJsselmonde. Some places may even retain "island" in their names for historical reasons after being connected to a larger landmass by a wide land bridge, such as Coney Island. Conversely, when a piece of land is separated from the mainland by a man-made canal, for example the Peloponnese by the Corinth Canal, it is generally not considered an island. There are two main types of islands: continental islands and oceanic islands. There are also artificial islands.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Island

    ī′land, n. the smaller masses of land surrounded with water: a large floating mass.—v.t. to cause to appear like an island: to dot as with islands.—n. Islander (ī′land-ėr), an inhabitant of an island. [M. E. iland—A.S. íglandíg, an island, and land, land; Dut. and Ger. eiland, Ice. eyland, Sw. and Dan. öland. A.S. íg is from a root which appears in Angles-ea, Aldern-ey, &c., A.S. , L. aqua, water, so that it originally means water-land. The s in island is due to a confusion with isle, from L. insula.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A place where the bottom of the sea sticks up through the water.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Island' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1550

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Island' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3057

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Island' in Nouns Frequency: #437


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Island in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Island in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Donne:

    No man is an island, entire of itself every man is a piece of the continent.

  2. Darby Hoover:

    A lot of people think of an island of floating garbage, people envision that there are forms of an island you can see on Google Earth -- it's much more diffuse than that.

  3. Jack Capuano:

    Similar to what Islanders Hockey had here in the'80s, long Island dynasty teams've got some skill, Long Island dynasty teams've got some grit. Obviously, Islanders Hockey had good goaltending here.

  4. Erik Pevernagie:

    The more we are attentive and mindful, the more we can understand and show empathy. We need not, so therefore, bother about regret and remorse, later on. . ( “Island of regret. Island of remorse” )

  5. Michael Romei:

    A simple thing a lot of people don't think about is a boat ride... on the Staten Island Ferry, staten Island Ferry runs every 30 minutes practically 24 hours a day and Staten Island Ferry's free of charge.

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