Definitions for insulateˈɪn səˌleɪt, ˈɪns yə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•su•lateˈɪn səˌleɪt, ˈɪns yə-(v.t.)-lat•ed, -lat•ing.

  1. to cover, line, or separate with a material that prevents or reduces the passage, transfer, or leakage of heat, electricity, or sound.

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  2. to place in an isolated or protected situation.

Origin of insulate:

1530–40; < L insulātus made into an island. See insular , -ate1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. insulate(verb)

    protect from heat, cold, or noise by surrounding with insulating material

    "We had his bedroom insulated before winter came"

  2. isolate, insulate(verb)

    place or set apart

    "They isolated the political prisoners from the other inmates"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. insulate(verb)ˈɪn səˌleɪt, ˈɪns yə-

    ***to cover sth to stop heat, cold, sound, etc. from escaping

    We need to insulate the attic.

  2. insulateˈɪn səˌleɪt, ˈɪns yə-

    to stop from being affected

    a community insulated from/against economic problems because of its wealth; well-insulated homes; her quiet, insulated life


  1. insulate(Verb)

    To separate, detach, or isolate.

  2. insulate(Verb)

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

    Ceramic can be used to insulate power lines.

  3. Origin: From insulatus, past participle of insulare, from insula; see insular.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insulate(verb)

    to make an island of

  2. Insulate(verb)

    to place in a detached situation, or in a state having no communication with surrounding objects; to isolate; to separate

  3. Insulate(verb)

    to prevent the transfer o/ electricity or heat to or from (bodies) by the interposition of nonconductors

Translations for insulate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to cover, protect or separate (something) with a material that does not let especially electrical currents or heat etc pass through it

Rubber and plastic are used for insulating electric wires and cables.

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