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Webster 1913 Edition


Island

Is′land

,
Noun.
[OE.
iland
,
yland
, AS.
īgland
,
[GREEK]gland
,
[GREEK]glond
;
īg
,
[GREEK]g
, island +
land
,
lond
, land. AS.
īg
,
[GREEK]g
, is akin to AS.
eá
water, river, OHG.
[GREEK]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
.]
1.
A tract of land surrounded by water, and smaller than a continent. Cf.
Continent
.
2.
Anything regarded as resembling an island;
as, an
island
of ice
.
3.
(Zool.)
See
Isle
,
Noun.
, 2.
Islands of the blessed
(Myth.)
,
islands supposed to lie in the Western Ocean, where the favorites of the gods are conveyed at death, and dwell in everlasting joy.

Is′land

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To cause to become or to resemble an island; to make an island or islands of; to isle.
Shelley.
2.
To furnish with an island or with islands;
as, to
island
the deep
.
Southey.

Webster 1828 Edition


Island

ISLAND

,
Noun.
i'land. [This is an absurd compound of isle and land, that is, land-in-water land, or ieland-land. There is no such legitimate word in English, and it is found only in books. The genuine word always used in discourse is our native word, Sax.ealong, D.G. eiland.]
1.
A tract of land surrounded by water.
2.
A large mass of floating ice, is called an island of ice.

Definition 2022


Island

Island

See also: island, Ísland, Īsland, and Island'

English

Proper noun

the Island

  1. (in New York City) Long Island (in New York State)
  2. (in British Columbia) Vancouver Island
    • 2008, "Grizzlies at home on the Island", Times Colonist, 8 December 2008:
      A grizzly was photographed at Rugged Point near Kyuquot on the northwest coast of the Island in May, close to the time bears emerge from their dens, suggesting it had successfully hibernated on the Island.
    • 2010, Beau Simpson, "One 'Grape escape' on Vancouver Island", Surrey Now, 12 October 2010:
      And so, my lovely girlfriend Kari and I headed to the Island for a weekend of wines and dines.
    • 2011, Renee Andor, "His body hurts, but Vancouver Island circumnavigation record belongs to Angus", Comox Valley Record, 7 July 2011:
      Angus felt "fantastic" to have made it around the Island and beaten the record.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:Island.

Breton

Proper noun

Island

  1. Iceland

Czech

Pronunciation

Proper noun

Island m

  1. Iceland (country)
  2. Iceland (island)

Danish

Proper noun

Island

  1. Iceland

Estonian

Proper noun

Island

  1. Iceland (country)
  2. Iceland (island)

German

Etymology

Borrowing from Old Norse Ísland.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈiːslant/

Proper noun

Island n (genitive Islands)

  1. Iceland

Derived terms


Livonian

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /islɑnd/

Proper noun

Island

  1. Iceland

Declension

Usage notes

Perhaps by error LĒL lists this term as type 127 – vȯņ which has consonant shift in genitive (vȯn) a pattern that is not possible for this term. Like for Kanād the most regular type (135 – āigast) is given in this entry.


Norwegian Bokmål

Riksvåpen

Proper noun

Island

  1. Iceland

Related terms


Norwegian Nynorsk

Proper noun

Island

  1. Iceland

Related terms


Serbo-Croatian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ǐsland/
  • Hyphenation: Is‧land

Proper noun

Ìsland m (Cyrillic spelling Ѝсланд)

  1. Iceland

Declension


Slovak

Proper noun

Island m (genitive Islandu) declension pattern dub

  1. Iceland

Declension

Derived terms


Swedish

Etymology

From Old Norse Ísland.

Proper noun

Island n

  1. Iceland

Derived terms

island

island

See also: Island, Ísland, Īsland, and Island'

English

An island.

Alternative forms

  • iland (obsolete)
  • ylond, ylelond, yland (obsolete)

Noun

island (plural islands)

  1. A contiguous area of land, smaller than a continent, totally surrounded by water.
    • 2002, Gordon L. Rottman, World War 2 Pacific island guide
      Sumatra is the second largest island in the East Indies and the fourth largest in the world covering 182,859 square miles.
  2. An entity surrounded by other entities that are very different from itself.
    an island of tranquility (a calm place surrounded by a noisy environment)
    an island of colour on a butterfly's wing
    • 1939, Deseret News, October 27 1939, Roosevelt Reaffirms American Neutrality
      King Leopold, speaking in fluent English during his six minute broadcast, said Belgium stood side by side with Holland "an Island of peace in the interests of all"
  3. A superstructure on an aircraft carrier's deck.
  4. (chiefly Britain) A traffic island.
    the island in the middle of a roundabout
  5. (government) An unincorporated area wholly surrounded by one or more incorporated areas.
  6. (grammar) A phrase from which a wh-word cannot be extracted without yielding invalid grammar.

Synonyms

  • (land surrounded by water): ait, holm
  • (an entity surrounded by other very different entities): oasis

Derived terms

Related terms

Translations

Verb

island (third-person singular simple present islands, present participle islanding, simple past and past participle islanded)

  1. (transitive) To surround with water; make into an island.
    • 1933, Harriet Monroe, Poetry: Volume 42
      We paused at little river cities along the way and walked upon their bushy dikes, and heard tales of overflows in flood seasons, when four feet or more of water islanded the houses.
  2. (transitive) To set, dot (as if) with islands.
  3. (transitive) To isolate.

Synonyms

Translations

See also

Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: directly · James · Greek · #933: island · special · memory · proved

Scots

Noun

island (plural islands)

  1. An island.