AskDefine | Define insulate

Dictionary Definition



1 protect from heat, cold, noise, etc. by surrounding with insulating material; "We had his bedroom insulated before winter came"
2 place or set apart; "They isolated the political prisoners from the other inmates" [syn: isolate]

User Contributed Dictionary



Originally "make into an island", from insulatus (past participle of insulare).


  1. To separate, detach, or isolate.
  2. To separate a body or material from others, eg. by non-conductors to prevent the transfer of electricity, heat, etc.
    Ceramic can be used to insulate power lines.



to separate or detach
to separate so as to prevent a transfer

Extensive Definition

Insulation may mean:
insulate in Danish: Isolator
insulate in Spanish: Aislamiento
insulate in French: Isolation
insulate in Italian: Isolante
insulate in Polish: Izolator
insulate in Simple English: Insulation
insulate in Finnish: Eriste

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bolt, close off, cordon, cordon off, cover, cull out, cushion, cut off, detach, divide, enisle, fireproof, ghettoize, gin, ground, island, island-hop, isolate, keep apart, keep aside, lag, lay aside, pick out, preserve, proof, protect, put aside, quarantine, riddle, screen, seclude, segregate, separate, sequester, sequestrate, set apart, set aside, shelter, shield, sieve, sift, sort out, soundproof, thrash, thresh, waterproof, weatherproof, winnow, wrap
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