Isolate I"so*late ([imac]"s[-o]*l[=a]t or [imac]s"[-o]*l[=a]t; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Isolated} ([imac]"s[-o]*l[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Isolating} ([imac]"s[-o]*l[=a]`t[i^]ng).] [It. isolato, p. p. of isolare to isolate, fr. isola island, L. insula. See 2d {Isle}, and cf. {Insulate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To place in a detached situation; to place by itself or alone; to insulate; to separate from others; as, to isolate an infected person from others; to isolate the troublemakers in a classroom. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Short isolated sentences were the mode in which ancient wisdom delighted to convey its precepts. --Bp. Warburton. [1913 Webster]

2. (Elec.) To insulate. See {Insulate}. [1913 Webster]

3. (Chem.) To separate from all foreign substances; to make pure; to obtain in a free state; as, to isolate the desired product from a reaction mixture. [1913 Webster +PJC]

4. (Microbiol.) To obtain a culture of a microorganism in pure form (from a complex mixture); as, to isolate {Eschericia coli} from a patient's blood. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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