in|su|late [ˈınsjuleıt US ˈınsə-, ˈınʃə-] v [T]
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: insula; INSULAR]
1.) to cover or protect something with a material that stops electricity, sound, heat etc from getting in or out
insulate sth from/against sth
Pipes may need insulating against the cold.
an insulated attic
2.) to keep someone apart from particular experiences or influences, especially unpleasant ones
insulate sb from sth
The royal family tried to insulate him from the prying eyes of the media.

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  • Insulate — In su*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Insulated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Insulating}.] [L. insulatus insulated, fr. insula island. See {Isle}, and cf. {Isolate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To make an island of. [Obs.] Pennant. [1913 Webster] 2. To place in a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • insulate — I verb compartmentalize, cut off, detach, isolate, keep apart, quarantine, screen off, seclude, segregate, separate, sequester, set apart, zone II index isolate, protect, seclude Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • insulate — (v.) 1530s, make into an island, from L. insulatus, from insula (see INSULAR (Cf. insular)). Sense of cause a person or thing to be detached from surroundings is from 1785. Electrical/chemical sense of block from electricity or heat is from 1742 …   Etymology dictionary

  • insulate — vb *isolate, segregate, seclude, sequester Analogous words: *separate, part, sever, sunder: *detach, disengage …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • insulate — [v] protect; close off coat, cocoon, cushion, cut off, inlay, island, isolate, keep apart, line, seclude, separate, sequester, set apart, shield, tape, treat, wrap; concept 172 …   New thesaurus

  • insulate — ► VERB 1) protect by interposing material to prevent loss of heat or intrusion of sound. 2) cover with non conducting material to prevent the passage of electricity. 3) protect from something unpleasant. DERIVATIVES insulator noun. ORIGIN from… …   English terms dictionary

  • insulate — [in′sə lāt΄; in′soolāt΄, in′syoolāt΄] vt. insulated, insulating [< L insulatus, made like an island < insula, ISLE] 1. to set apart; detach from the rest; isolate 2. to separate or cover with a nonconducting material in order to prevent the …   English World dictionary

  • insulate — [[t]ɪ̱nsjʊleɪt, AM sə [/t]] insulates, insulating, insulated 1) VERB If a person or group is insulated from the rest of society or from outside influences, they are protected from them. [be V ed from/against n] They wonder if their community is… …   English dictionary

  • insulate — verb (T) 1 to cover or protect something so that electricity, sound, heat etc cannot get in or out: insulated cables | insulate sth from/against: A bird fluffs up its feathers to insulate itself against the cold. 2 to protect someone from… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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