What does quarantine mean?

Definitions for quarantine
ˈkwɔr ənˌtin, ˈkwɒr-, ˌkwɔr ənˈtin, ˌkwɒr-quar·an·tine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quarantine(noun)

    enforced isolation of patients suffering from a contagious disease in order to prevent the spread of disease

  2. quarantine(verb)

    isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease

  3. quarantine(verb)

    place into enforced isolation, as for medical reasons

    "My dog was quarantined before he could live in England"


  1. Quarantine

    A quarantine is a restriction on the movement of people and goods which is intended to prevent the spread of disease or pests. It is often used in connection to disease and illness, preventing the movement of those who may have been exposed to a communicable disease, but do not have a confirmed medical diagnosis. It is distinct from medical isolation, in which those confirmed to be infected with a communicable disease are isolated from the healthy population. Quarantine considerations are often one aspect of border control. The concept of quarantine has been known since biblical times, and is known to have been practised through history in various places.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quarantine(noun)

    a space of forty days; -- used of Lent

    Etymology: [F. quarantaine, OF. quaranteine, fr. F. quarante forty, L. quadraginta, akin to quattuor four, and E. four: cf. It. quarantina, quarentine. See Four, and cf. Quadragesima.]

  2. Quarantine(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [F. quarantaine, OF. quaranteine, fr. F. quarante forty, L. quadraginta, akin to quattuor four, and E. four: cf. It. quarantina, quarentine. See Four, and cf. Quadragesima.]

  3. Quarantine(noun)

    the period of forty days during which the widow had the privilege of remaining in the mansion house of which her husband died seized

    Etymology: [F. quarantaine, OF. quaranteine, fr. F. quarante forty, L. quadraginta, akin to quattuor four, and E. four: cf. It. quarantina, quarentine. See Four, and cf. Quadragesima.]

  4. Quarantine(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [F. quarantaine, OF. quaranteine, fr. F. quarante forty, L. quadraginta, akin to quattuor four, and E. four: cf. It. quarantina, quarentine. See Four, and cf. Quadragesima.]


  1. Quarantine

    Quarantine "is used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill.". The term is often erroneously used synonymously with isolation, which is "to separate ill persons who have a communicable disease from those who are healthy.".The word comes from the Italian quarantena, meaning forty-day period. Quarantine can be applied to humans, but also to animals of various kinds. Quarantine can apply to humans and animals as part of border control, as well as within a country.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quarantine

    kwor′an-tēn, n. a forced abstinence from communication with the shore which ships are compelled to undergo when they are last from some port where certain infectious diseases are raging—the time originally forty days: (coll.) the isolation of a person, house, district, &c. afflicted with or recovering from contagious disease.—v.t. to prohibit from intercourse from fear of infection.—adj. Quarantin′able, admitting of, or controlled by, quarantine.—Quarantine flag, a yellow flag displayed by a ship to signify the presence on board of contagious disease. [Fr. quarantaine—L. quadraginta, forty—quatuor, four.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Quarantine

    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

  1. Quarantine

    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)

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. quarantine

    Is, at most, a seclusion of forty days, from a free communication with the inhabitants of any country, in order to prevent the importation of the plague, or any other infectious disorder, either by persons or goods. The quarantine laws originated in the Council of Health at Venice in the fourteenth or fifteenth century. (See LAZARETTO.)

Etymology and Origins

  1. Quarantine

    Agreeably to the French quarantaine, the period of a ship’s detention outside a port in the circumstances of infectious disease should be forty days.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quarantine in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quarantine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of quarantine in a Sentence

  1. Gary Bettman:

    We are working particularly with the Canadian government about determining how we can deal with moving from the training camp phase to a possible hub in Canada, because obviously if the players would have to quarantine for 14 days in between training camp and going to the hub, that wouldn't work.

  2. Josh Boykin:

    It was already hard to find just going into the holiday season, but then as the coronavirus concerns started to ramp up so that means that you've got a combination of people trying to prepare for self isolation and quarantine, in addition to people buying up a bunch of stocks so that they can make a profit online.

  3. Republican Florida Sen. Rick Scott:

    On Monday, I met with Vice President in Miami, and while I do not believe I interacted with the infected person, that individual was in the same room as me, after consulting with the Senate's attending physician and my personal doctor, I have been told that my risk is low, and I don't need to take a test or quarantine. However, the health and safety of the American people is my focus and I have made the decision to self-quarantine in an abundance of caution.

  4. Imtiaz Ali:

    The government has taken 98 people to quarantine centers.

  5. Lola Gomez:

    We've been separated before, but this isn't like Christmas or summer time, when it's long but you're doing a million other things, this quarantine means a lot of time alone, thinking, asking yourself questions - a lot of time shut in too. You miss your partner so much more. To be honest, we're having a rough time of it.

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