1. To make an island of.

2. To place in a detached situation, or in a state having no communication with surrounding objects; to isolate; to separate.

3. <physics> To prevent the transfer o electricity or heat to or from (bodies) by the interposition of nonconductors.

<physics> Insulating stool, a stool with legs of glass or some other nonconductor of electricity, used for insulating a person or any object placed upon it.

Origin: L. Insulatus insulated, fr. Insula island. See Isle, and cf. Isolate.

(01 Mar 1998)