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Meaning of island

is•land

Pronunciation: (ī'lund), [key]
— n.
  1. a tract of land completely surrounded by water, and not large enough to be called a continent.
  2. something resembling an island, esp. in being isolated or having little or no direct communication with others.
  3. a raised platform with a counter or other work surface on top situated in the middle area of a room, esp. a kitchen, so as to permit access from all sides.
  4. See
  5. a low concrete platform for gasoline pumps at an automotive service station.
  6. a clump of woodland in a prairie.
  7. an isolated hill.
  8. an isolated portion of tissue differing in structure from the surrounding tissue.
  9. a platform or building between sets of tracks.
—v.t.
  1. to make into an island.
  2. to dot with islands.
  3. to place on an island; isolate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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