Definition of "island" []

  • A land mass, especially one smaller than a continent, entirely surrounded by water. (noun)
  • Something resembling an island, especially in being isolated or surrounded, as: (noun)
  • An unattached kitchen counter providing easy access from all sides. (noun)
  • A raised curbed area, often used to delineate rows of parking spaces or lanes of traffic. (noun)
  • The superstructure of a ship, especially an aircraft carrier. (noun)
  • A mass of land that is surrounded by water and is smaller than a continent (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A part, structure, or group of cells distinct in constitution from its immediate surroundings (noun)
  • To cause to become an island (verb)
  • To intersperse with islands (verb)
  • To place on an island; insulate; isolate (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "island" in a sentence
  • "Abyssinian coast, and anchored at night three leagues short of it, under an island which we named _Crab island_, owing to the great abundance of crabs we found there."
  • "Ethiopia, [Southern Africa,] close adjoining to which is a small island, called _Conie island_, [Dassen island] all low land, and bordered by many dangerous rocks to seawards."
  • "On an island like this, I use the term island because it is only accessible by boat and cut off from the main world, time is not a valuable commodity."