[ahy-luh nd] /ˈaɪ lənd/

a tract of land completely surrounded by water, and not large enough to be called a continent.
something resembling an island, especially in being isolated or having little or no direct communication with others.
a raised platform with a counter or other work surface on top situated in the middle area of a room, especially a kitchen, so as to permit access from all sides.
a low concrete platform for gasoline pumps at an automotive service station.
a clump of woodland in a prairie.
an isolated hill.
Anatomy. an isolated portion of tissue differing in structure from the surrounding tissue.
Railroads. a platform or building between sets of tracks.
verb (used with object)
to make into an island.
to dot with islands.
to place on an island; isolate.
a mass of land that is surrounded by water and is smaller than a continent
See traffic island
(anatomy) a part, structure, or group of cells distinct in constitution from its immediate surroundings related adjective insular
verb (transitive) (rare)
to cause to become an island
to intersperse with islands
to place on an island; insulate; isolate

1590s, earlier yland (c.1300), from Old English igland “island,” from ieg “island” (from Proto-Germanic *aujo “thing on the water,” from PIE *akwa- “water;” see aqua-) + land “land.” Spelling modified 15c. by association with similar but unrelated isle. An Old English cognate was ealand “river-land, watered place, meadow by a river.” In place names, Old English ieg is often used of “slightly raised dry ground offering settlement sites in areas surrounded by marsh or subject to flooding” [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names]. Related: Islander.

island is·land (ī’lənd)
An isolated tissue or group of cells that is separated from the surrounding tissues by a groove or is marked by a difference in structure or function.
A land mass, especially one smaller than a continent, entirely surrounded by water.

(Heb. ‘i, “dry land,” as opposed to water) occurs in its usual signification (Isa. 42:4, 10, 12, 15, comp. Jer. 47:4), but more frequently simply denotes a maritime region or sea-coast (Isa. 20:6, R.V.,” coastland;” 23:2, 6; Jer. 2:10; Ezek. 27:6, 7). (See CHITTIM.) The shores of the Mediterranean are called the “islands of the sea” (Isa. 11:11), or the “isles of the Gentiles” (Gen. 10:5), and sometimes simply “isles” (Ps. 72:10); Ezek. 26:15, 18; 27:3, 35; Dan. 11:18).


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