island

is·land (ī’lənd)
n. 1) Abbr. Isl. or Is. or I. A landmass, especially one smaller than a continent, entirely surrounded by water. 2) Something resembling an island, especially in being isolated or surrounded, as: a) An unattached kitchen counter providing easy access from all sides. b) A raised curbed area, often used to delineate rows of parking spaces or lanes of traffic. c) The superstructure of a ship, especially an aircraft carrier. 3) Anatomy A cluster of cells differing in structure or function from the cells constituting the surrounding tissue.
tr.v. is·land·ed, is·land·ing, is·lands To make into or as if into an island; insulate: »

a secluded mansion, islanded by shrubbery and fences.

[Alteration (influenced by ISLE(Cf. ↑isle)) of Middle English ilond, from Old English īegland : īg, īeg; see akw-ā- + land, land; see lendh-.]
Word History: It may seem hard to believe, but Latin aqua, "water," is related to island, which originally meant "watery land." Aqua comes almost unchanged from Indo-European *akwā-, "water." *Akwā- became *ahwō- in Germanic by Grimm's Law and other sound changes. To this was built the adjective *ahwjō-, "watery." This then became *awwjō- or *auwi-, which in pre-English became *ēaj-, and finally ēg or īeg in Old English. Island, spelled iland, first appears in Old English in King Alfred's translation of Boethius about AD 888; the spellings igland and ealond appear in contemporary documents. The s in island is due to a mistaken etymology, confusing the etymologically correct English iland with French isle. Isle comes ultimately from Latin īnsula "island," a component of paenīnsula, "almost-island," whence our peninsula.

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  • Island — Ísland Island …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • island — [ī′lənd] n. [< ME iland (respelled by assoc. with unrelated ISLE) < OE igland, iegland, lit., island land & ealand, lit., water land < ig, ieg, isle (akin to Ger aue, ON ey < PGmc * aujo, akin to * ahwo) & ea, water < PGmc * ahwo,… …   English World dictionary

  • Island — Island, palabra inglesa que significa «isla», puede referirse a: Island (Yonne), comuna de Francia. Island (álbum), álbum de Current 93. Island (banda), banda musical chipriota. Island Records, empresa discográfica. Ísland es la palabra islandesa …   Wikipedia Español

  • Island — Is land, n. [OE. iland, yland, AS. [=i]gland, ?gland, ?glond; [=i]g, ?g, island + land, lond, land. AS. [=i]g, ?g, is akin to AS. e[ a] water, river, OHG. ?uwa, G. au meadow, Icel. ey island, Dan. & Sw. [ o], Goth. ahwa a stream, water, L. aqua… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Island — Is land, v. t. 1. To cause to become or to resemble an island; to make an island or islands of; to isle. Shelley. [1913 Webster] 2. To furnish with an island or with islands; as, to island the deep. Southey. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Island — Island, eine zu Dänemark gehörige Insel im nördlichen Atlantischen Ozean, liegt zwischen 63°23 –66°32 nördl. Br. und 13°31 –24°29 westl. L., ist 965 km von Norwegen und 360 km von Grönland entfernt. Ihre Ausdehnung beträgt von N. nach S 356 km,… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Island — Island, die große Insel des nördlichen Eismeeres, welche schon den Römern und Griechen unter dem Namen Thule bekannt gewesen sein soll. Wahrscheinlich wurde sie von Norwegen aus bevölkert und kam später mit diesem unter dänische Oberherrschaft.… …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • island — island, isle The two words are etymologically unconnected. Island is derived from an Old English word īgland, which is a combination of īg (itself meaning ‘island’) and land; isle is a reduced form of insula, the Latin word for ‘island’ …   Modern English usage

  • Island — (Пефки,Греция) Категория отеля: Адрес: Paraliaki Odos, Пефки, 34200, Греция Описание …   Каталог отелей

  • island — index isolate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 island …   Law dictionary

  • Island — может обозначать: Island Records  звукозаписывающая компания Island (группа)  киприотская поп группа, участники Евровидения 1981 …   Википедия

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