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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"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quarantine(noun)

    a space of forty days; -- used of Lent

  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

  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

  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

  5. Origin: [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. Karen Smith:

    One tool is quarantine which typically means limiting exposure.

  2. Sidi Yahya Tunis:

    This is worrisome because we had already closed all Ebola quarantine structures in Freetown since we had gone for weeks without a case.

  3. Chief Executive Jeffrey Ettinger:

    Many of our barns remain empty under quarantine... we will be purchasing some additional meat from external sources but at a higher cost.

  4. Don Sodora:

    So the best strategy is to identify infected people, get there rapidly with trained health care workers and get quarantine established quickly.

  5. Aldijana Hamzic:

    Each day counted literally while she was in quarantine, the whole team of experts and vets spent (almost a month) with her, she did not even know how to eat and was very timid.

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