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island British & World English

A piece of land surrounded by water

Island British & World English

Icelandic name for Iceland.

Fire Island British & World English

A barrier island on the southern shore of Long Island in New York, the site of numerous small resort communities

half-island British & World English

A piece of land almost surrounded by water; a peninsula

Holy Island British & World English

another name for Lindisfarne.

island arc British & World English

A curved chain of volcanic islands located at a tectonic plate margin, typically with a deep ocean trench on the convex side

island area British & World English

Each of three administrative areas in Scotland (Orkney, Shetland, Western Isles), consisting of groups of islands

island-hop British & World English

Travel from one island to another, especially as a tourist in an area of small islands

Long Island British & World English

An island on the coast of New York State. Its western tip, comprising the New York districts of Brooklyn and Queens, is separated from Manhattan and the Bronx by the East River and is linked to Manhattan by the Brooklyn Bridge

off-island British & World English

Away from an island

out island British & World English

An island situated away from the mainland

Pig Island British & World English

A nickname for New Zealand

Pitt Island British & World English

See Chatham Islands.

Rock Island British & World English

An industrial city in northwestern Illinois, on the Mississippi River, one of the Quad Cities; population 38,139 (est. 2008)

Wake Island British & World English

A coral atoll in the Pacific Ocean, north of the Marshall Islands. Controlled by the US since 1898, it was the scene of World War II fighting after the Japanese occupied it in December 1941

Angel Island British & World English

An island in San Francisco Bay, in north central California, that was the chief immigration station on the US western coast. It is now a state park

Baffin Island British & World English

A large island in the Canadian Arctic, situated at the mouth of Hudson Bay. It is separated from Greenland by Baffin Bay

Baker Island British & World English

An uninhabited island in the central Pacific Ocean, near the equator, claimed by the US in 1857. Once a guano source, it is now a wildlife refuge

Block Island British & World English

A resort island in southern Rhode Island, in the Atlantic Ocean at the eastern end of Long Island Sound

Bouvet Island British & World English

An uninhabited Norwegian island in the South Atlantic

Coney Island British & World English

A resort and amusement park on the Atlantic coast in Brooklyn, New York City, on the south shore of Long Island

desert island British & World English

A remote tropical island, typically an uninhabited one

Devil's Island British & World English

A rocky island off the coast of French Guiana, used from 1852 as a penal settlement, especially for political prisoners. The last prisoner was released in 1953

Easter Island British & World English

An island in the SE Pacific west of Chile; population 3,300 (est. 2009). It has been administered by Chile since 1888. The island, first settled by Polynesians in about ad 400, is famous for its large monolithic statues of human heads, believed to date from the period 1000 to 1600

Ellis Island British & World English

An island in the bay of New York that from 1892 until 1943 served as an entry point for immigrants to the US, and later (until 1954) as a detention centre for people awaiting deportation

Gough Island British & World English

An island in the South Atlantic, south of Tristan da Cunha. In 1938 it became a dependency of the British Crown Colony of St Helena

Grand Island British & World English

A commercial and industrial city in south central Nebraska; population 45,801 (est. 2008)

island state British & World English

An island governed by a single autonomous body

Kharg Island British & World English

A small island at the head of the Persian Gulf, site of Iran’s principal deep-water oil terminal

Kiska Island British & World English

An island in the Aleutian Islands, in southwestern Alaska. It was occupied by the Japanese during World War II

Kodiak Island British & World English

An island in the Gulf of Alaska, in southwestern Alaska, noted for its wildlife and sites of early European settlement

North Island British & World English

The northernmost of the two main islands of New Zealand, separated from the South Island by Cook Strait

Ocean Island British & World English

Another name for Banaba.

Padre Island British & World English

A barrier island in southern Texas, on the Gulf of Mexico, 113 miles (183 km) long, noted for its resorts and its wildlife

Rhode Island British & World English

A state in the north-eastern US, on the Atlantic coast; population 1,050,788 (est. 2008); capital, Providence. Settled from England in the 17th century, it was one of the original thirteen states of the Union (1776) and is the smallest and most densely populated

Robben Island British & World English

A small island off the coast of South Africa, near Cape Town. It is the site of the former prison used for the detention of political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela

South Island British & World English

The more southerly and larger of the two main islands of New Zealand, separated from the North Island by Cook Strait

Staten Island British & World English

An island borough of New York City, in the south-west of the city; population 487,407 (2008)

Flinders Island British & World English

The largest island in the Furneaux group, situated in the Bass Strait between Tasmania and mainland Australia

Liberty Island British & World English

An island in New York Bay, off Jersey City in New Jersey, site (since 1885) of the Statue of Liberty

Norfolk Island British & World English

An island in the Pacific Ocean, off the east coast of Australia, administered since 1913 as an external territory of Australia; population 2,100 (est. 2009). Discovered by Captain James Cook in 1774, it was occupied from 1788 to 1814 as a penal colony

Ocracoke Island British & World English

A barrier island in eastern North Carolina, part of the Outer Banks

Rathlin Island British & World English

An island in the North Channel, off the north coast of Ireland

Roanoke Island British & World English

An island in eastern North Carolina, east of Croatan Sound, inside the Outer Banks, site of the first English settlement in America—the “Lost Colony”—that was established in 1585 and had mysteriously disappeared by 1591

Sanibel Island British & World English

A resort island in southwestern Florida, southwest of Fort Myers, noted for its seashells

Stewart Island British & World English

An island of New Zealand, situated off the south coast of the South Island, from which it is separated by the Foveaux Strait; chief settlement, Oban

traffic island British & World English

A small raised area in the middle of a road which provides a safe place for pedestrians to stand and marks a division between two opposing streams of traffic

Victoria Island British & World English

An island in the Canadian Arctic, in the Northwest Territories

Wallops Island British & World English

An island in eastern Virginia, on the Delmarva Peninsula, the site of a US rocket and high-altitude balloon facility


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