1 a state of separation between persons or groups
2 the act of isolating something; setting something apart from others [syn: closing off]
3 a feeling of being disliked and alone
4 preference for seclusion or isolation [syn: reclusiveness]
5 (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which memory of an unacceptable act or impulse is separated from the emotion originally associated with it
6 a country's withdrawal from internal politics; "he opposed a policy of American isolation"
EtymologyFirst as past participle "isolated", from Italian isolato, "secluded", from isola, "island", from Latin insula, "island".
- Rhymes: -eɪʃǝn
- French: isolation
- German: Isolation (1,2)
- Greek: απομόνωση
- Hebrew: בידוד (bidod)
- Polish: izolacja , odcięcie
- Portuguese: isolamento
The term Isolation may refer to:
- Solitude, the psychological phenomenon
- Solitary confinement
- Isolation tank, sensory deprivation tank
- Isolating language, description of a language type
- Isolation effect, also known as the Von Restorff effect, psychological effect of distinctive items more easily 'remembered'
- People or tribes living in isolation from the outside world.
In games and entertainment
- Isolation (poker), raise designed to encourage others to fold
- Isolation (film), 2005 Irish horror movie written and directed by Billy O'Brian
- "Isolation" (John Lennon song) (1970) by John Lennon
- "Isolation" (Joy Division song) (1980) by Joy Division
- Isolation (album) (1984), album by Toto
- Isolation (1996), album by Die Krupps
In other uses
- Isolation (database systems), in computer science
- Isolator switch for electrical isolation.
- Optical isolator, permitting passage of light in only one direction
- Isolation (illusion), an illusion where a ball or other object is made to appear stationary in space.
- Topographic isolation in geodesy, surveying, and mountaineering
- Speciation, separation of two populations of a species
- Isolated point in topology (mathematics)
isolation in Bulgarian: Изолация
isolation in Czech: Izolace
isolation in German: Isolierung
isolation in Spanish: Aislamiento
isolation in French: Isolation
isolation in Dutch: Isolatie
isolation in Japanese: アイソレーション
isolation in Japanese: 孤立
isolation in Russian: Изоляция
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