One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘pipes in the attic must be insulated’
wrap, cover, encase, enclose, envelop, swathe, sheathe, bundle up
lag, heatproof, soundproof, muffle, make shockproof, pad, cushion
2‘the Netherlands was largely insulated from the full impact of the Great War’
protect, keep safe, keep from harm, save, safeguard, shield, defend, shelter, screen, cushion, cocoon
isolate, segregate, separate, sequester, detach, exclude, cut off, cloister
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