a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water
a zone or area resembling an island
A contiguous area of land, smaller than a continent, totally surrounded by water.
An entity surrounded by other entities that are very different from itself.
an island of tranquility (a calm place surrounded by a noisy environment)
A superstructure on an aircraft carrier's deck
To surround with water; make into an island
To set, dot (as if) with islands
Long Island (in New York State)
a tract of land surrounded by water, and smaller than a continent. Cf. Continent
anything regarded as resembling an island; as, an island of ice
see Isle, n., 2
to cause to become or to resemble an island; to make an island or islands of; to isle
to furnish with an island or with islands; as, to island the deep
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.]
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
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. ígland—íg, 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. eá, 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.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
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.
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Rank popularity for the word 'Island' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1550
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Rank popularity for the word 'Island' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3057
Rank popularity for the word 'Island' in Nouns Frequency: #437
The numerical value of Island in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Island in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of Island in a Sentence
Redneck Island : Battle at the Lake.
That's the spirit of the whole island.
I wasn't criticizing the judge or the island.
The island's future is at risk because of them.
There's an urgent need to get people off this island.
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