Isolating
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]


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  • isolating — /uy seuh lay ting, is euh /, adj. Ling. pertaining to or noting a language, as Vietnamese, that uses few or no bound forms and in which grammatical relationships are indicated chiefly through word order. Cf. agglutinative (def. 2), inflectional… …   Universalium

  • isolating — adj. setting apart, separating; of or pertaining to a language in which the grammatical relationship of words is determined by their placement in a sentence (Linguistics) i·so·late || aɪsÉ™leɪt v. seclude, set apart, separate; separate one… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • isolating — adjective (of a language) tending to have each element as an independent word without inflections …   English new terms dictionary

  • isolating — i•so•lat•ing [[t]ˈaɪ səˌleɪ tɪŋ, ˈɪs ə [/t]] adj. ling. of or designating a language, as Vietnamese, that uses few or no bound forms and in which grammatical relationships are indicated chiefly through word order • Etymology: 1855–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • isolating — /ˈaɪsəleɪtɪŋ/ (say uysuhlayting) adjective (of languages) analytic …   Australian English dictionary

  • isolating — adj. (of a language) having each element as an independent word without inflections …   Useful english dictionary

  • Isolating mechanisms — are features of behavior, morphology, or genetics which serve to prevent breeding between species. Reproductive isolation of populations is established. It is particularly important to the biological species concept, as species are defined by… …   Wikipedia

  • isolating mechanism — isolating mechanism. См. изолирующий механизм. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • isolating languages — plural noun Those in which each word is a bare root, not inflected or compounded • • • Main Entry: ↑isolate …   Useful english dictionary

  • Isolating language — In morphological typology (in linguistics), an isolating language (also analytic language) is any language in which words are composed of a single morpheme. This is in contrast to a synthetic language which can have words composed of multiple… …   Wikipedia

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