Definition of insulate in English:

insulate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Protect (something) by interposing material that prevents the loss of heat or the intrusion of sound.

    ‘insulate and draught-proof your home’
    ‘an insulated loft’
    • ‘The blankets are specially insulated to keep heat in.’
    • ‘However, insulating a millimeter-square battery in a way that minimizes heat loss is no easy task.’
    • ‘And because of its mass, brick naturally insulates your home from outside sounds.’
    • ‘Also, food takes longer to cook in a nonstick pan because the coating insulates the food from the heat.’
    • ‘Saab has cunningly thickened and insulated the canvas top to reduce ambient sound, an aspect which could also prove a boon when someone with a Stanley knife comes along to try to steal your CD-changer.’
    • ‘With hot water heating systems, the diameter of the piping remains constant, the slope is irrelevant, and all lines are insulated to prevent heat loss.’
    • ‘Determine whether you will be using the space for living and want to heat it or prefer to just insulate the main part of the house below the attic.’
    • ‘Finally, while the soil insulates a home during winter, it also protects it from sun rays in summer, which can reduce or even completely eliminate the need for air conditioning.’
    • ‘Wireless radios will be positioned on moving glaciers, and gear must be insulated against temperatures far colder than they were designed to withstand.’
    • ‘Two rival theories are based on the roles of feathers in insulating the body against heat loss and in providing an aerodynamic surface for flight.’
    • ‘Heat also escapes through the edges of a concrete slab foundation, so insulate them as well.’
    • ‘The problem you'll be attempting to solve by doing the experiment in this section is which materials insulate best against windchill.’
    • ‘To reduce heat gain, the roof is insulated with a layer of polyurethane foam coated with a light-reflecting granular finish.’
    • ‘One thing we would recommend people to do would be to insulate their home as well as they can before they start sticking on wind turbines.’
    • ‘To help keep your floors warmer and reduce your heating bills, it is a good idea to insulate your floors.’
    • ‘When insulating on the inside of stone and brick foundations, do not insulate the joist space.’
    • ‘The soles of their feet are covered with fur which cushions them on hard ground and insulates them from the scorching heat of hot desert sands.’
    • ‘To start… Using pouring or blowing materials is an easy way to insulate your attic.’
    • ‘He was proud of the fact that the pipes and the attic in his home are insulated, thus conserving heat.’
    • ‘If you place the access outside, be sure it is insulated and weatherstripped against both the elements and intrusion by insects or small animals.’
    wrap, cover, encase, enclose, envelop, swathe, sheathe, bundle up
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    1. 1.1 Prevent the passage of electricity to or from (something) by covering it in non-conducting material.
      ‘the case is carefully insulated to prevent short circuits’
      • ‘Chemicals covered by the agreement include PCBs, which are used to insulate electric transformers and as additives in plastics and paint, and pesticides such as DDT.’
      • ‘A ground strap bolted to the engine block may not do the job; head gaskets, silicon, and bolt sealer can electrically insulate the cylinder heads from ground.’
      • ‘Red rubber catheters should never be used to insulate the ESU active electrode.’
      • ‘Neurons were also coupled to electrically insulated semiconductors which offer an interfacing without electrochemical currents that may damage electrodes and cells.’
      • ‘The no.25 series was the same as no.20 except it was insulated for electrical work.’
      • ‘PCBs were used to insulate transformers; because the chemical is so inert, it is a tremendously effective insulator.’
      • ‘Wires should be double insulated, and firmly attached to the plug by the cord restraint.’
      • ‘A series of molecules that Bennett has developed are unique because they have the potential to yield insulated nano-scale wires.’
      • ‘Vegetable oils are gentler on the cellulose-based paper that insulates the transformer coils.’
      • ‘Two flat steel bands run through the spine of the lamp, which insulate power feeds and prevent the lamp from buckling.’
      • ‘Other uses include applications in nanoscale electronics, where the nanotubes can be used as conducting or insulating materials.’
      • ‘A second insulator layer electrically insulates the wires from the electroconductor layer and the semiconductor substrate.’
      • ‘Dielectric materials are used to insulate circuits and cables from each other deep inside the machinery, making sure currents flow where they are supposed to and do not disturb other components.’
      • ‘These cables are either duplex, triplex, or quadruplex, consisting of one, two or three insulated conductors wrapped around a bare aluminum or acsr neutral.’
    2. 1.2 Protect (someone or something) from unpleasant influences or experiences.
      ‘the service is insulated from outside pressures’
      • ‘In political terms the minister can be isolated from and insulated against accountability for the day to day implementation and administration of policy.’
      • ‘The middle classes on the other hand were entirely insulated from the social impact of immigration and could see nothing but advantages to be gained from its economics.’
      • ‘This policy allows the US to guard the liberty of its citizens, to protect and insulate them against malevolent forms of interference in their lives.’
      • ‘They ensured relative stability by preventing ruinous competition and insulating the system against outside influences.’
      • ‘Contrary to what has been claimed, the theory is not insulated against attempts to disconfirm it.’
      • ‘The diversification of applications and end users driving demand insulates telecoms against a downturn in any one sector.’
      • ‘In my view, it is the obligation of the adults to act in a mature manner and seek and obtain whatever therapy is necessary to ensure that the child is insulated from their personal antagonisms.’
      • ‘An appointed body, the theory went, would be insulated from influence peddling, and thus better equipped than politicians to safeguard the public.’
      • ‘And it is best if they are insulated from marketplace constraints, that is the whole point of the non-profit sector.’
      • ‘He is insulated from being held accountable for making bad laws and regulations.’
      • ‘The commission is supposed to be an independent body, which means its decisions are insulated against political considerations.’
      • ‘For some it was a profound shock to realise that we are not insulated from the pain and death that accompany life at every point and in every person.’
      • ‘For nearly six years the mighty dollar was entirely insulated from trade data, one of the main determinants of currency market movements in conventional economic theory.’
      • ‘So it is only fair that the police are insulated against the madness that they are expected to control, and which they are not able to with any degree of success.’
      • ‘And even as I seek to insulate her from those influences, I am not sure that I can.’
      • ‘Many financial institutions are now insulated against higher interest rates.’
      • ‘They allow considerable flexibility for any bright ideas we might get along the way, and we are insulated from many of the hassles encountered in traveling.’
      • ‘You are insulated from the stock market because the company guarantees you will get a proportion of your income when you retire.’
      • ‘By preventing subnational governments from using internal trade barriers to insulate local firms from market competition, this condition helps level the economic playing field.’
      • ‘Whether the talk is of tops, bottoms, recoveries or downturns, the adherence to a sound set of investing guidelines will always insulate stock pickers from wasting time thinking about the market's next move.’
      protect, keep safe, keep from harm, save, safeguard, shield, defend, shelter, screen, cushion, cocoon
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  • 2archaic Make (land) into an island.

    ‘the village was insulated by every flood of the river’
    • ‘The city was insulated by heavy seasonal overspill.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (in insulate (sense 2)): from Latin insula ‘island’ + -ate.

Pronunciation

insulate

/ˈɪnsjʊleɪt/