quarantine
I. noun Etymology: partly modification of French quarantaine, from Old French, from quarante forty, from Latin quadraginta, from quadra- (akin to quattuor four) + -ginta (akin to viginti twenty); partly modification of Italian quarantena quarantine of a ship, from quaranta forty, from Latin quadraginta — more at four, vigesimal Date: 1609 1. a period of 40 days 2. a. a term during which a ship arriving in port and suspected of carrying contagious disease is held in isolation from the shore b. a regulation placing a ship in quarantine c. a place where a ship is detained during quarantine 3. a. a restraint upon the activities or communication of persons or the transport of goods designed to prevent the spread of disease or pests b. a place in which those under quarantine are kept 4. a state of enforced isolation II. verb (-tined; -tining) Date: 1804 transitive verb 1. to detain in or exclude by quarantine 2. to isolate from normal relations or communication <
quarantine an aggressor
>
intransitive verb to establish or declare a quarantine

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