• WordNet 3.6
    • v isolate place or set apart "They isolated the political prisoners from the other inmates"
    • v isolate set apart from others "The dentist sequesters the tooth he is working on"
    • v isolate obtain in pure form "The chemist managed to isolate the compound"
    • v isolate separate (experiences) from the emotions relating to them
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Joseph Priestley not only discovered oxygen, but he also discovered ammonia, carbon monoxide, hydrogen chloride, sulphur dioxide, and nitrous oxide. He was also the first person to isolate chlorine.
    • Isolate (Elec) To insulate. See Insulate.
    • Isolate (Microbiol) To obtain a culture of a microorganism in pure form (from a complex mixture); as, to isolate Eschericia coli from a patient's blood.
    • Isolate To place in a detached situation; to place by itself or alone; to insulate; to separate from others; as, to isolate an infected person from others; to isolate the troublemakers in a classroom. "Short isolated sentences were the mode in which ancient wisdom delighted to convey its precepts."
    • Isolate (Chem) To separate from all foreign substances; to make pure; to obtain in a free state; as, to isolate the desired product from a reaction mixture.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Joseph Priestly is credited with discovering oxygen, ammonia, carbon monoxide, hydrogen chloride, sulphur dioxide, and nitrous oxide. He was also the first to isolate chlorine.
    • isolate To set or place apart; detach or separate so as to be alone: often used reflexively: as, he isolated himself from all society.
    • isolate In electricity, same as insulate, 3.
    • isolate In chem., to obtain (a substance) free from all its combinations.
    • isolate Isolated; detached.
    • n isolate In psychology, a feature or quality abstracted by attention from the complex of qualities constituting an object and considered by itself alone; the result of an analysis of a construct.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average cup of coffee contains more than 1000 different chemical components, none of which is tasted in isolation but only as part of the overall flavor.
    • v.t Isolate ī′so-lāt or is′o-lāt to place in a detached situation, like an island
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “When all is said the greatest action is to limit and isolate one's self.”
  • Friedrich Schlegel
    “An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.”
  • Henry Drummond
    Henry Drummond
    “Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.”
  • Thomas Wentworth Higginson
    Thomas Wentworth Higginson
    “Great men are rarely isolated mountain-peaks; they are the summits of ranges.”
  • Steve Schmidt
    Steve Schmidt
    “The price for independence is often isolation and solitude.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. isolato, p. p. of isolare, to isolate, fr. isola, island, L. insula,. See 2d Isle, and cf. Insulate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. isolareisola—L. insula, an island.


In literature:

The world then was a chaos, a collection of single, isolated, and independent facts.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
Isolated calcareous masses have sometimes been embedded in the cardiac walls.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
For, what real knowledge can be drawn from an isolated pursuit?
"Evolution, Old & New" by Samuel Butler
We do not deny that there are plenty of egotistic instincts in isolated individuals.
"The Conquest of Bread" by Peter Kropotkin
This isolated table-land is the seat of a former Buddhism better known by the name of Lamaism.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Silence crept around him, the silence of isolation.
"The Short Life" by Francis Donovan
So the parenchymatous cells of the cortex lying outside the sclerenchymatous ring are divided into small isolated areas.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
Retreat and isolation to make new mores.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Isolation of its tunica vaginalis.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
He found germs in the mercury used to isolate his air.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall

In poetry:

The isolated, they abide
Deep in the mist--still side by side.
But seeing one another never;
Weary are both their arms--and yet
Their work their ruin doth beget.
"The Fishermen" by Emile Verhaeren
There's me in you and you in me,
For deeply in us delves
Such common thought that never we
Can call ourselves ourselves.
In coils of universal fate
No man is isolate.
"You And Me" by Robert W Service
Those who brush against my life seldom wonder
What living reason I would have to go on
If forever isolated from the rest of the world
I happened to remain between these walls
"The High Walls Of My Life" by Rene Guy Cadou
You who in loving break down
And break further and further down
Your bounds of isolation,
But who never rise, resurrected, from this grave of mingling,
In a new proud singleness, America.
"The Evening Land" by D H Lawrence
In shoeless corridors, the lights burn. How
Isolated, like a fort, it is -
The headed paper, made for writing home
(If home existed) letters of exile: Now
Night comes on. Waves fold behind villages.
"Friday Night At The Royal Station Hotel" by Philip Larkin
Someone else feeling her breasts and cunt,
Someone else drowned in that lash-wide stare,
And me supposed to be ignorant,
Or find it funny, or not to care,
Even… but why put it into words?
Isolate rather this element
"Love Again" by Philip Larkin

In news:

Sunny and very warm with isolated t-storms mainly West.
"Isolation is one of the worst factors of growing old," said Life ElderCare Executive Director Mary Anderson.
Kristen Stewart's ' humiliated ' boyfriend Robert Pattinson moves out, wife of Rupert Sanders bemoans 'isolation' from husband.
JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Nov 28— American forces have enlisted commanders in eastern Afghanistan to help search for Osama bin Laden in isolated mountain hide-outs south of this city, a senior minister of the regional government said today.
But Sen Susan Collins said it 'was almost certainly not an isolated incident.
In sum , Democrats see voters as isolated parts.
The problem may be due to isolation caused by urban development.
The Leu7-surfactin was isolated from growing the bacterium in liquid cultures.
Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran Seek to Isolate Rival Terry McAuliffe in Debate.
And the Magic Wand tool may be all that's necessary to grab the right spots in an image that has isolated areas of flatter colors.
These tools and the methods I describe for using them will allow you to create functional separations with the least amount of final tweaking after the initial colors are isolated .
Birmingham — A federal judge has delayed a ruling on whether the Alabama Department of Corrections can continue to isolate prisoners who have tested positive for HIV.
Many Americans' isolation is not limited to the snow piled outside their doors, but due to ignorance and fear of the world community. .
The isolator achieves typical insertion loss of just 0.6 dB while delivering isolation of 20 dB or better.
EnDuro bearing isolators are designed to quickly and easily replace contact lip seals and traditional bearing isolators used throughout industry.

In science:

The entire selection procedure is very fast, as is shown in table 15 where the times required to build calorimeter towers, for regional jet-flnding and for the calculation of the isolation parameter P isol are listed.
The CMS High Level Trigger
The isolation requirement is that there be no tracks in the isolation cone except those contained within the inner, signal, cone.
The CMS High Level Trigger
The RCT separately flnds both isolated and non-isolated electron/photon candidates and transmits them along with sums of transverse energy to the Global Calorimeter Trigger (GCT).
The CMS High Level Trigger
Two independent streams are considered, non-isolated and isolated electrons/photons.
The CMS High Level Trigger
The isolated stream requires electromagnetic and hadronic energy isolation criteria.
The CMS High Level Trigger