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      n  
1    a mass of land that is surrounded by water and is smaller than a continent  
2       See       traffic island  
3      (Anatomy)   a part, structure, or group of cells distinct in constitution from its immediate surroundings,   (Related adj)        insular  
      vb   tr  
Rare  
4    to cause to become an island  
5    to intersperse with islands  
6    to place on an island; insulate; isolate  
     (Old English igland, from ig island + land; s inserted through influence of isle)  
  island-like      adj  


Achill Island  
      n   an island in the Republic of Ireland, off the W coast of Co. Mayo. Area: 148 sq. km (57 sq. miles). Pop.: 2853 (1991)  
Alexander I Island  
      n   an island of Antarctica, west of Palmer Land, in the Bellingshausen Sea. Length: about 378 km (235 miles)  
Baffin Island  
      n   the largest island of the Canadian Arctic, between Greenland and Hudson Bay. Area: 476560 sq. km (184000 sq. miles)  
Banks Island  
      n  
1    an island of N Canada, in the Northwest Territories: the westernmost island of the Arctic Archipelago. Area: about 67340 sq. km (26000 sq. miles)  
2    an island of W Canada, off British Columbia. Length: about 72 km (45 miles)  
Baranof Island  
      n   an island off SE Alaska, in the western part of the Alexander Archipelago. Area: 4162 sq. km (1607 sq. miles)  
Bedloe's Island   , Bedloe Island  
      n      the former name (until 1956) of       Liberty Island  
Cape Breton Island  
      n   an island off SE Canada, in NE Nova Scotia, separated from the mainland by the Strait of Canso: its easternmost point is Cape Breton. Pop.: 120098 (1991). Area: 10280 sq. km (3970 sq. miles)  
Catalina Island  
      n      another name for       Santa Catalina  
Chatham Island  
      n      another name for       San Cristóbal       1  
Chichagof Island  
      n   an island of Alaska, in the Alexander Archipelago. Area: 5439 sq. km (2100 sq. miles)  
Chiloé Island  
      n   an island administered by Chile, off the W coast of South America in the Pacific Ocean: timber. Pop.: 116000 (1984 est.). Area: 8394 sq. km (3240 sq. miles)  
Christmas Island  
      n  
1       the former name (until 1981) of       Kiritimati  
2    an island in the Indian Ocean, south of Java: administered by Singapore (1900--58), now by Australia; phosphate mining. Pop.: 2500 (1994 est.). Area: 135 sq. km (52 sq. miles)  
Coney Island  
      n   an island off the S shore of Long Island, New York: site of a large amusement park  
Cook Island Maori  
      n     (N.Z)   a dialect of Maori spoken in the Cook Islands  
desert island  
      n   a small remote tropical island  
Devil's Island  
      n   one of the three Safety Islands, off the coast of French Guiana: formerly a leper colony, then a French penal colony from 1895 until 1938. Area: less than 2 sq. km (1 sq. mile),   (French name)    Île du Diable  
Easter Island  
      n   an isolated volcanic island in the Pacific, 3700 km (2300 miles) west of Chile, of which it is a dependency: discovered on Easter Sunday, 1722; annexed by Chile in 1888; noted for the remains of an aboriginal culture, which includes gigantic stone figures. Pop.: 2000 (1988 est.). Area: 166 sq. km (64 sq. miles),   (Also called)    Rapa Nui  
  Easter Islander      n  
Ellesmere Island  
      n   a Canadian island in the Arctic Ocean: part of the Northwest Territories; mountainous, with many glaciers. Area: 212688 sq. km (82119 sq. miles)  
Flinders Island  
      n   an island off the coast of NE Tasmania: the largest of the Furneaux Islands. Pop.: 1100 (latest est.). Area: 2077 sq. km (802 sq. miles)  
floating island  
      n   a floating mass of soil held together by vegetation  
heat-island  
      n     (Meteorol)   the mass of air over a large city, characteristically having a slightly higher average temperature than that of the surrounding air  
Holy Island  
      n  
1    an island off the NE coast of Northumberland, linked to the mainland by road but accessible only at low water: site of a monastery founded by St Aidan in 635,   (Also called)    Lindisfarne  
2    an island off the NW coast of Anglesey. Area: about 62 sq. km (24 sq. miles)  
Howland Island  
      n   a small island in the central Pacific, near the equator northwest of Phoenix Island: U.S. airfield. Area: 2.6 sq. km (1 sq. mile)  
island arc  
      n   an arc-shaped chain of islands, such as the Aleutian Islands or the Japanese Islands, usually lying at the edge of a Benioff zone, indicating volcanic activity where the oceanic lithosphere is descending into the earth's interior  
island of Reil  
      n      another name for       insula  
     (after Johann Reil (died 1813), German physician)  
island universe  
      n      a former name for       galaxy  
Kangaroo Island  
      n   an island in the Indian Ocean, off South Australia. Area: 4350 sq. km (1680 sq. miles)  
Liberty Island  
      n   a small island in upper New York Bay: site of the Statue of Liberty. Area: 5 hectares (12 acres),   (Former name (until 1956))    Bedloes Island  
Long Island  
      n   an island in SE New York State, separated from the S shore of Connecticut by Long Island Sound (an arm of the Atlantic): contains the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in the west, many resorts (notably Coney Island), and two large airports (La Guardia and John F. Kennedy). Area: 4462 sq. km (1723 sq. miles)  
Lord Howe Island  
      n   an island in the Tasman Sea, southeast of Australia: part of New South Wales. Area: 17 sq. km (6 sq. miles). Pop.: 300 (1981 est.)  
Manitoulin Island  
      n   an island in N Lake Huron in Ontario: the largest freshwater island in the world. Length: 129 km (80 miles). Width: up to 48 km (30 miles)  
Melville Island  
      n  
1    an island in the Arctic Ocean, north of Victoria Island: administratively part of the Northwest Territories of Canada. Area: 41865 sq. km (16164 sq. miles)  
2    an island in the Arafura Sea, off the N central coast of Australia, separated from the mainland by Clarence Strait. Area: 6216 sq. km (2400 sq. miles)  
Mount Desert Island  
      n   an island off the coast of Maine: lakes and granite peaks. Area: 279 sq km (108 sq. miles)  
Norfolk Island  
      n   an island in the S Pacific, between New Caledonia and N New Zealand: an Australian external territory; discovered by Captain Cook in 1774; a penal settlement in early years. Pop.: 2665 (1993). Area: 36 sq. km (14 sq. miles)  
North Island  
      n   the. the northernmost of the two main islands of New Zealand. Pop.: 2733083 (1996). Area: 114729 sq. km (44297 sq. miles)  
Pig Island  
      n     (N.Z.)  
informal   New Zealand  
  Pig Islander      n  
Pitcairn Island  
      n   an island in the S Pacific: forms with other islands a UK Overseas Territory; uninhabited until the landing in 1790 of the mutineers of H.M.S. Bounty and their Tahitian companions. Pop.: 54 (1995). Area: 4.6 sq. km (1.75 sq. miles)  
Pleasant Island  
      n      the former name of       Nauru  
Prince Edward Island  
      n   an island in the Gulf of St Lawrence that constitutes the smallest Canadian province. Capital: Charlottetown. Pop.: 137200 (1997 est.). Area: 5656 sq. km (2184 sq. miles),   (Abbrev.)    PE  
  Prince Edward Islander      n  
Prince of Wales Island  
      n  
1    an island in N Canada, in the Northwest Territories. Area: about 36000 sq. km (14000 sq. miles)  
2    an island in SE Alaska, the largest island in the Alexander Archipelago. Area: about 4000 sq. km (1500 sq. miles)  
3    an island in NE Australia, in N Queensland in the Torres Strait  
4       the former name (until about 1867) of the island of       Penang  
Rhode Island  
      n   a state of the northeastern U.S., bordering on the Atlantic: the smallest state in the U.S.; mainly low-lying and undulating, with an indented coastline in the east and uplands in the northwest. Capital: Providence. Pop.: 987429 (1997 est.). Area: 2717 sq. km (1049 sq. miles),   (Abbrevs.)    R.I     (with zip code)   RI  
Rhode Island Red  
      n   a breed of domestic fowl, originating in America, characterized by a dark reddish-brown plumage and the production of brown eggs  
Roanoke Island  
      n   an island off the coast of North Carolina: site of the first attempted English settlement in America. Length: 19 km (12 miles). Average width: 5 km (3 miles)  
Robben Island  
      n   a small island in South Africa, 11 km (7 miles) off the Cape Peninsula: formerly used by the South African government to house political prisoners  
Ross Island  
      n   an island in the W Ross Sea: contains the active volcano Mount Erebus  
Sandalwood Island  
      n      the former name for       Sumba  
San Salvador Island  
      n   an island in the central Bahamas: the first land in the New World seen by Christopher Columbus (1492). Area: 156 sq. km (60 sq. miles),   (Also called)    Watling Island  
Savage Island  
      n      another name for       Niue  
sea-island cotton  
      n  
1    a cotton plant, Gossypium barbadense, of the Sea Islands, widely cultivated for its fine long fibres  
2    the fibre of this plant or the material woven from it  
Southampton Island  
      n   an island in N Canada, in the Northwest Territories at the entrance to Hudson Bay: inhabited chiefly by Inuit. Area: 49470 sq. km (19100 sq. miles)  
South Island  
      n   the. the largest island of New Zealand, separated from the North Island by Cook Strait. Pop.: 926350 (1996). Area: 153947 sq. km (59439 sq. miles)  
Spud Island  
      n      a slang name for       Prince Edward Island  
Staten Island  
      n   an island in SE New York State, in New York Harbor: a borough of New York city; heavy industry. Pop.: 378977 (1990). Area: 155 sq. km (60 sq. miles)  
Stewart Island  
      n   the third largest island of New Zealand, in the SW Pacific off the S tip of South Island. Pop.: 450 (1989 est.). Area: 1735 sq. km (670 sq. miles)  
Thousand Island dressing  
      n   a salad dressing made from mayonnaise with ketchup, chopped gherkins, etc.  
     (probably from the Thousand Islands)  
Thursday Island  
      n   an island in Torres Strait, between NE Australia and New Guinea: administratively part of Queensland, Australia. Area: 4 sq. km (1.5 sq. miles)  
traffic island  
      n   a raised area in the middle of a road, designed as a guide for traffic and to provide a stopping place for pedestrians  
Unalaska Island  
      n   a large volcanic island in SW Alaska, in the Aleutian Islands. Length: 120 km (75 miles). Greatest width: about 40 km (25 miles)  
Unimak Island  
      n   an island in SW Alaska, in the Aleutian Islands. Length: 113 km (70 miles)  
Victoria Island  
      n   a large island in the Canadian Arctic: part of the Northwest Territories. Area: about 212000 sq. km (82000 sq. miles)  
Wake Island  
      n   an atoll in the N central Pacific: claimed by the U.S. in 1899; developed as a civil and naval air station in the late 1930s. Area: 8 sq. km (3 sq. miles)  
Watling Island  
      n      another name for       San Salvador Island  
Wrangel Island  
      n   an island in the Arctic Ocean, off the coast of the extreme NE of Russia: administratively part of Russia; mountainous and mostly tundra. Area: about 7300 sq. km (2800 sq. miles)  
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island

  
  
ait or eyot     (dialect)   atoll, cay or kay, holm     (dialect)   inch     (Scot. & Irish)   isle, islet  

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n.
a neurological condition found on the island of Guam
The symptoms range from motor nuron disease (Lou Gehrig's disease) to Parkinson's disease.
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