• WordNet 3.6
    • n island a zone or area resembling an island
    • n island a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water
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Additional illustrations & photos:

the Island and Temple of Phil the Island and Temple of Phil
the Island of Elephantine the Island of Elephantine
the Island of Elephantine Seen from The Ruins Of Syenne the Island of Elephantine Seen from The Ruins Of Syenne
the Rocks of The Island Of Sehêl, With Some Of The Votive Inscriptions the Rocks of The Island Of Sehêl, With Some Of The Votive Inscriptions
The Philae Islands The Philae Islands
The Island of Aegina The Island of Aegina
Jamestown Island, Virginia. On this small island—half forest and half marsh—was planted the English colony of which Raleigh and Gilbert dreamed Jamestown Island, Virginia. On this small island—half forest and half marsh—was planted the English colony of which...
The interior of a small Jamestown house, about 1650. Although the painting is conjectural, many items shown—pottery, glassware, fireplace tools, and kitchen accessories—were unearthed on this historic island. (Painting by Sidney E. King.) The interior of a small Jamestown house, about 1650. Although the painting is conjectural, many items shown—pottery,...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Pacific island of Tonga once issued a stamp that was banana shaped
    • Island A tract of land surrounded by water, and smaller than a continent. Cf. Continent.
    • Island Anything regarded as resembling an island; as, an island of ice.
    • Island (Zoöl) See Isle n., 2.
    • Island To cause to become or to resemble an island; to make an island or islands of; to isle.
    • Island To furnish with an island or with islands; as, to island the deep.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: All snakes on the island of Tasmania are poisonous.
    • n island A tract of land surrounded by water, whether of the sea, a river, or a lake: in contradistinction to mainland or continent.
    • n island Something resembling an island: as, an island of floating ice.
    • n island A hill rising out of low ground or swampy land, a small clump of woodland in a prairie, or the like.
    • n island A meringue of white of egg and sugar floating in divisions upon soft custard.
    • island To cause to become or appear like an island; insulate.
    • island To dot as with islands.
    • island See Iceland, Iceland dog.
    • n island In anatomy, any circumscribed portion of tissue or aggregation of cells differing in structure from the surrounding parts.
    • island Isolated; separate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The city of Venice stands on about 120 small islands.
    • n Island ī′land the smaller masses of land surrounded with water: a large floating mass
    • v.t Island to cause to appear like an island: to dot as with islands
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  • Sir William Blackstone
    Sir William Blackstone
    “The Royal Navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island.”
  • Walt Disney
    “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “As the Sandwich Islander believes that the strength and valor of the enemy he kills passes into himself, so we gain the strength of the temptation we resist.”
  • John Donne
    “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”
  • Nicholas Boileau
    “Honor is like an island, rugged and without a beach; once we have left it, we can never return.”
  • John Archibald Wheeler
    John Archibald Wheeler
    “We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. iland, yland, AS. īgland, gland, glond,; īg, g, island + land, lond, land. AS. īg, g, is akin to AS. , water, river, OHG. uwa, G. au, meadow, Icel. ey, island, Dan. & Sw. ö, Goth. ahwa, a stream, water, L. aqua, water. The s is due to confusion with isle,. Cf. Ait Eyot Ewer Aquatic


In literature:

This island is low, compared with the other islands of the group.
"Borneo and the Indian Archipelago" by Frank S. Marryat
Don Jaime was the finest man on the island.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
In point of population the next most important island is Eleuthera (8733), followed by the Andros Islands (5347) and Cat Island (4658).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Crocodiles are found only in the Santa Cruz Islands, and do not grow so large there as in the Solomon Islands.
"Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific" by Felix Speiser
What the two men were doing upon the island concerned Mexican Joe not at all.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
They placed their standard on our chosen island of Tanna, the nearest to Erromanga.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
Aspinwall is on a coral island close to the shore, and is low and unhealthy.
"Scenes in the Hawaiian Islands and California" by Mary Evarts Anderson
Frontenac Island used to be called Round Island, I guess because it wuz kinder square in shape.
"Samantha at Coney Island" by Marietta Holley
They swarmed around the West India Islands, and sold their spoils to the people of Charleston, South Carolina.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The company isn't going to cut the timber on the island till next winter.
"The Girls of Central High in Camp" by Gertrude W. Morrison

In poetry:

Let an unusual joy surprise
The islands of the sea:
Ye mountains, sink; ye valleys, rise;
Prepare the Lord his way.
"Psalm 96" by Isaac Watts
On waveless lake where willows weep,
The Borromean Islands rest
As motionless as babe asleep
Upon a slumbering Mother's breast.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Thus shall the wond'ring nations see
The Lord is good and just;
And distant islands fly to thee,
And make thy name their trust.
"Psalm 65 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Ye islands of the northern sea,
Rejoice, the Savior reigns;
His word, like fire, prepares his way,
And mountains melt to plains.
"Psalm 97" by Isaac Watts
Once more the Island State repeats
The lesson that he taught her,
And binds his pearl of charity
Upon her brown-locked daughter.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The British islands are the Lord's,
There Abraham's God is known;
While powers and princes, shields and swords,
Submit before his throne.
"Psalm 47" by Isaac Watts

In news:

The golf course is called Sea Island, but it's located on St Simons Island.
Robert Cohen, Federal Security Director for Southwest Florida International Airport, speaks on security to a group of Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club members at Hideaway Beach on Marco Island.
Last week's Shelter Island Reporter did an article on the invasive nature of bamboo and how we can control its spread since there is a considerable amount of it here on the Island.
The tasting room is located inside of the new Shelter Island restaurant Salt at the Island Boat Yard.
Japan's move to buy several nearby uninhabited islands Wednesday was intended to maintain relative peace with China, which also claims ownership of the islands.
Sid Simon, Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander.
Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, smile as they watch a shark ceremony as they arrive at Marapa Island, Solomon Islands , Sept 17, 2012.
News, travel tips and destinations reviews for Solomon Islands , Pacific Islands from the New Zealand Herald.
Robe ColorSpot 170 ATs and Robe DMX 1024 and 512 controllers have been specified and supplied to an installation in the Island Ballroom of the brand new Amara Sanctuary Resort Hotel on Sentosa Island, Singapore.
MARCO ISLAND, Fla.- The Marco Island Police Department participated in Operation SPIDERWEB this past week.
MARCO ISLAND — Marco Island community friend and activist Robert "Bob" Stakich, 88, died early Tuesday morning after a brief illness.
I spent two weeks as a volunteer for the National Park Service, giving tours of the Sand Island lighthouse in the Apostle Islands.
SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla.—An affiliate of CoreStates Capital Advisors, LLC announced recently the purchase and planned multimillion-dollar refurbishment of Sundial Beach & Golf Resort in Sanibel Island, Fla.
The stakes for Island efforts to improve water quality have increased dramatically, state legislators warned at a meeting of the All Island selectmen last week.
Guest commentary by SHERIFF MIKE SCOTT, Lee County Sheriff's Office, Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander.

In science:

It is localized on the three islands around an elliptic orbit of period three (see figure 1b) and does have the two expected partners.
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
When c is large, only small islands of metallic atoms exist.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
If c decreases to reach a certain threshold, a large island of metallic atoms invades the system.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
When an island hits the edge x = 0, it stops growing at that side.
Riemann-Hilbert problems for last passage percolation
As before there is the base island at the position x = 0 at time t = 0.
Riemann-Hilbert problems for last passage percolation