There are 2 definitions of island in English:

island1

Line breaks: is¦land
Pronunciation: /ˈʌɪlənd
 
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noun

1A piece of land surrounded by water: the island of Crete [as modifier]: this island nation
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  • The water which surrounds the island is a rich fishing ground for tuna and mackerel.
  • The world's smallest lizard has been discovered on a tiny Caribbean island off the coast of the Dominican Republic.
  • The tiny uninhabited island is in the Sea of Japan halfway between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.
Synonyms
isle, islet; atoll; in the Caribbeankey; in Spanish Americacay; Britishait, holm; Scottishskerry; (islands)archipelago, chain, group
2A thing regarded as resembling an island, especially in being isolated, detached, or surrounded in some way: the university is the last island of democracy in this country
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  • Most of the tables are outside in the garden, on separate isolated islands surrounded by flourishing plants that are apparently well taken care of.
  • He said the true meaning of civilisation and globalisation meant the adoption of the local culture and to blend with the local culture and not to make an isolated island of cultures.
  • Cambridge is very much an isolated island of student life outside UW.
2.1A traffic island.
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  • There is ample land available at the eastern end to cater for a proper island and traffic calming zone.
  • They have put traffic calming islands in the road, but lorries just swerve round them like juggernauts.
  • I'm not talking about speed cameras, but traffic lights, pedestrian islands etc.
2.2A free-standing kitchen unit with a worktop, allowing access from all sides.
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  • Ovens are built into the kitchen side of the island so they can't be seen from the rest of the room.
  • She flipped it open once again as she seated herself on a stool next to the island in the kitchen.
  • Beyond this, the kitchen is fitted with a range of wall and floor units, a centre island, recessed lighting and tiled worktops.
3 Anatomy A detached portion of tissue or group of cells. Compare with islet.
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  • Stromal retraction between tumor islands and dermal connective tissue was observed in 12 cases.
  • It is not known how the cholesterol and fatty acids enter the cells of lipid islands.
  • The cell islands were further demarcated from the surrounding stroma by reticulin condensation around groups of cells.

Origin

Old English īegland, from īeg 'island' (from a base meaning 'watery, watered') + land. The change in the spelling of the first syllable in the 16th century was due to association with the unrelated word isle.

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There are 2 definitions of island in English:

Island2

Line breaks: Is¦land
Pronunciation: /ˈiːsland
 
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Icelandic name for Iceland.

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