Definitions for quarantineˈkwɔr ənˌtin, ˈkwɒr-, ˌkwɔr ənˈtin, ˌkwɒr-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
quar•an•tineˈkwɔr ənˌtin, ˈkwɒr-, ˌkwɔr ənˈtin, ˌkwɒr-(n.; v.)-tined, -tin•ing.
(n.)a strict isolation imposed to prevent the spread of disease.
a period, orig. 40 days, of detention or isolation imposed upon ships, people, animals, or plants on arrival at a port or place, when suspected of carrying a contagious disease.
a system of measures maintained at ports, frontiers, etc., for preventing the spread of disease.
a place or station at which such measures are carried out, as a place where ships are detained.
the detention or isolation enforced.
the place, as a hospital, where people are detained.
social, political, or economic isolation imposed as a punishment.
a period of 40 days.
(v.t.)to put in or subject to quarantine.
to exclude, detain, or isolate for political or social reasons.
Origin of quarantine:
1600–10; < It quarantina period of forty days, der. of quaranta forty 蠐 L quadrāgintā
enforced isolation of patients suffering from a contagious disease in order to prevent the spread of disease
isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease
place into enforced isolation, as for medical reasons
"My dog was quarantined before he could live in England"
a space of forty days; -- used of Lent
specifically, the term, originally of forty days, during which a ship arriving in port, and suspected of being infected a malignant contagious disease, is obliged to forbear all intercourse with the shore; hence, such restraint or inhibition of intercourse; also, the place where infected or prohibited vessels are stationed
the period of forty days during which the widow had the privilege of remaining in the mansion house of which her husband died seized
to compel to remain at a distance, or in a given place, without intercourse, when suspected of having contagious disease; to put under, or in, quarantine
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the prescribed time, generally 40 days (hence the name), of non-intercourse with the shore for a ship suspected of infection, latterly enforced, and that very strictly, in the cases of infection with yellow fever or plague; since November 1896, the system of quarantine as regards the British Islands has ceased to exist.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Restriction of freedom of movement of individuals who have been exposed to infectious or communicable disease in order to prevent its spread; a period of detention of vessels, vehicles, or travelers coming from infected or suspected places; and detention or isolation on account of suspected contagion. It includes government regulations on the detention of animals at frontiers or ports of entrance for the prevention of infectious disease, through a period of isolation before being allowed to enter a country. (From Dorland, 28th ed & Black's Veterinary Dictionary, 17th ed)
Translations for quarantine
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the keeping away from other people or animals of people or animals that might be carrying an infectious disease
My dog was in quarantine for six months.
- مَحْجَر صِحّيArabic
- quarentenaPortuguese (BR)
- die QuarantäneGerman
- karantena, izolacijaCroatian
- vesztegzár, karanténHungarian
- څلويښتي (قرانطين)، څلويښت ورځې، هغه وخت ته وايې چې په هغه كې بيړۍ په بندر كې دريږي او مسافر كتل كيږي چې كومه ناروغى ونه لريPashto
- 隔離Chinese (Trad.)
- کسی متعدی مرض سے حفاظت کے لۓ باہر سے آنے والے شخص کو الگ محدود کر کے رکھنا ؛ قرنطیہUrdu
- sự cách lyVietnamese
- 隔离Chinese (Simp.)
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