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Definitions for insulate
ˈɪn səˌleɪt, ˈɪns yə-in·su·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. insulateverb

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

    "We had his bedroom insulated before winter came"

  2. isolate, insulateverb

    place or set apart

    "They isolated the political prisoners from the other inmates"


  1. insulateverb

    To separate, detach, or isolate.

  2. insulateverb

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


  1. insulate

    To insulate generally means to protect or separate something from external factors or influences, often with the use of a material or substance. It can specifically refer to preventing the transfer of heat, sound, or electricity. Additionally, it can also mean to safeguard from potentially harmful situations, experiences, or influences.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insulateverb

    to make an island of

  2. Insulateverb

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

  3. Insulateverb

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

  4. Etymology: [L. insulatus insulated, fr. insula island. See Isle, and cf. Isolate.]

Editors Contribution

  1. insulate

    The act or process of having or providing insulation for.

    They decided to insulate the attic to ensure they used less electricity and heating this winter and to reduce the amount of money they pay long-term in utility fuel payments.

    Submitted by anonymous on November 9, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of insulate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of insulate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of insulate in a Sentence

  1. David Sirota:

    If recent history is any guide, if the bomber ends up being a white anti-government extremist, white privilege will likely mean the attack is portrayed as just an isolated incident -- one that has no bearing on any larger policy debates, put another way, white privilege will work to not only insulate whites from collective blame, but also to insulate the political debate from any fallout from the attack.

  2. Holly Phillips:

    This checklist of 10 reasons your internal thermostat is out of whack can help you get a handle on why you're chronically freezing your butt off. You're too thin Low body weight — defined as a BMI hovering around 18.5 or under — can chill you out for a couple of reasons. First, when you're underweight, you lack an adequate level of body fat to insulate you from cold temperatures, explained Maggie Moon, RD, a Los Angeles – based nutritionist. The other thing is, to maintain that low BMI, you have to reduce your food intake so you likely aren't eating very much at all. Skimping on calories puts the brakes on your metabolism, so you don't create enough body heat. Consider putting on a few pounds by loading up on whole, healthy foods that contain lots of protein, fat, and complex carbohydrates. RELATED : Subtle Signs of Eating Disorders Your Thyroid is out of whack Add cold intolerance to the long list of health issues you can blame on the butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. Always being cold is a telltale sign of hypothyroidism, which means Your Thyroid doesn't secrete enough thyroid hormone.

  3. Andrew Crocker:

    The government can only insulate its actions from public scrutiny in this way in the rarest circumstances, which likely do not apply here.

  4. Richard Blumenthal:

    The world deserves an explanation, not from the Saudis, who evidently are making every effort to insulate and shield Crown Prince, but from an international inquiry.

  5. Joe Roseman:

    Investors are increasingly forced to seek alternative asset classes to insulate themselves in this war on cash. Simply put, very few asset classes can act effectively as an alternative safe haven.

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