What does Island mean?

Definitions for Island
ˈaɪ ləndis·land

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Island.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. islandnoun

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

  2. islandnoun

    a zone or area resembling an island

Wiktionary

  1. islandnoun

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

  2. islandnoun

    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. islandnoun

    A superstructure on an aircraft carrier's deck

  4. islandverb

    To surround with water; make into an island

  5. islandverb

    To set, dot (as if) with islands

  6. islandverb

    To isolate

  7. Islandnoun

    Long Island (in New York State)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ISLANDnoun

    A tract of land surrounded by water.

    Etymology: insula, Latin; isola, Italian; ealand, Erse.

    He will carry this island home in his pocket, and give it his son for an apple. ———— And sowing the kernels of it in the sea, bring forth more islands. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Within a long recess there lies a bay,
    An island shades it from the rolling sea,
    And forms a port. Dryden.

    Some safer world in depth of woods embrac'd,
    Some happier island in the wat'ry waste. Johnson.

    Island of bliss! amid' the subject seas. James Thomson.

Wikipedia

  1. Island

    An island or isle is any piece of subcontinental 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 or ait, and a small island off the coast may be called a holm. Sedimentary islands in the Ganges delta are called chars. A grouping of geographically or geologically related islands, such as the Philippines, is referred to as an archipelago. An island may be described as such, despite the presence of an artificial land bridge; examples are Singapore and its causeway, and 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 land bridge or landfill, such as Coney Island and Coronado Island, though these are, strictly speaking, tied islands. Conversely, when a piece of land is separated from the mainland by a man-made canal, for example the Peloponnese by the Corinth Canal, more or less the entirety of Fennoscandia by the White Sea Canal, or Marble Hill in northern Manhattan during the time between the building of the United States Ship Canal and the filling-in of the Harlem River which surrounded the area, it is generally not considered an island. There are two main types of islands in the sea: continental and oceanic. There are also artificial islands, which are man-made.

ChatGPT

  1. island

    An island is a land mass, smaller than a continent, that is surrounded by water. It can be located in any type of water body such as a sea, ocean, lake or river. Islands can vary greatly in size, from tiny islets or keys to large landmasses like Greenland. They can be found in a wide variety of environments and host diverse ecosystems and organisms. Some are inhabited by humans while others are not.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Islandnoun

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

  2. Islandnoun

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

  3. Islandnoun

    see Isle, n., 2

  4. Islandverb

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

  5. Islandverb

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

  6. Etymology: [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.]

Wikidata

  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

  1. ISLAND

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

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. island

    May be simply described as a tract of land entirely surrounded with water; but the whole continuous land of the Old World forms one island, and the New World another; while canals across the isthmuses of Suez and Panama would make each into two. The term properly only applies to smaller portions of land; and Australia, Madagascar, Borneo, and Britain are among the larger examples. Their materials and form are equally various, and so is their origin; some having evidently been upheaved by volcanic eruption, others are the result of accretion, and still more revealing by their strata that they were formerly attached to a neighbouring land. The sudden emergence of Sabrina, in the Atlantic, has occasioned wonder in our own day. So has that of Graham's Island, near the south coast of Sicily; and the Archipelago is daily at work.

Editors Contribution

  1. island

    An area of land.

    There are so many islands throughout the world.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 23, 2020  


  2. islandnoun

    Organized Isle informing a planned literal surface that is not consumed by fire, as opposed to the sea, the air, or the earth in a controlled way. 1.) [New Jerusalem]

    Men trying to make their island just as high as the Most High but constantly fall short.

    Etymology: World


    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on February 27, 2024  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ISLAND

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Island is ranked #25381 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Island surname appeared 975 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Island.

    63.4% or 619 total occurrences were Black.
    20.4% or 199 total occurrences were White.
    6% or 59 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    5.9% or 58 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of Island in a Sentence

  1. David Boies:

    We are working actively with legislators in Rhode Island and across the country to enact thoughtful and appropriate regulations that allow our fans to continue enjoying the contests they love.

  2. Kris Holden:

    Where I do business in Brooklyn, Queens and parts of Long Island, if the property is priced accurately, which is under $ 500,000 in some areas, under $ 800,000 in other areas, there will always be people looking to buy no matter the season, i've had offers accepted on New Year's Eve. Where else do agents get that ?

  3. World Rugby:

    I spoke to [ Hale ] T-Pole the Pacific Island representative, i've been speaking to him regularly. I said be confident we are not going to go down that road [ of a ring-fenced league ]. If we go down that road probably I won't be here.

  4. The Texas senator:

    Democrat Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both were seeking rebound victories Tuesday after recent setbacks. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has complicated Trump's path to the nomination by winning recent contests like Wisconsin and getting allies elected to state delegate slates. On the Democratic side, Sanders had been on a winning streak up until Tuesday – winning seven of the eight prior contests. Whether Donald Trump and Clinton's performance Tuesday will help either wrap up the race in the coming weeks remains an open question. The campaigns head next to five Eastern states that vote next Tuesday : Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware. It’s potentially friendly territory for the front-runners. But unless Donald Trump can drive Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz out of the race, the billionaire businessman still may have to fight all the way until the final primary contests on June 7 – especially with an eye toward delegate-rich California, which may end up the determining race – to see if Donald Trump can clinch the nomination with the necessary 1,237 delegates. As of Tuesday night, Donald Trump had 840 delegates. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had 559, and Kasich had 146. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who infamously panned Trump's New York values earlier in the primary, had been bracing for a tough showing in the Empire State and showed no signs of throwing in the towel. The Texas senator was already looking ahead, turning The Texas senator attention to Pennsylvania, where The Texas senator delivered a speech calling on Americans to join together to move the country forward. It is time for us to get up, shake it off and be who we were destined to be.

  5. Michael Schade:

    We were getting status updates so we knew there were high acuity patients, very, very critical patients, but in the back of our mind we could see a massive plume of [ smoke ] coming from White Island, but as our experience sort of shows, we sort of remain very open-minded, because situations always evolve.

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