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1  —as in:
insulate the attic
Definition to separate two things to prevent passage of something such as heat, cold, noise, or electricity — often by covering one of the things with a material
  • We had his bedroom insulated before winter came.
insulated = added material to reduce heat transfer
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • A piece of ice fell and damaged the space shuttle's insulating tiles.
  • insulating = preventing heat transfer
  • One time when a neighbor's TV set broke, Dad opened the back and used a macaroni noodle to insulate some crossed wires.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • insulate = separate (to prevent passage of electricity)
  • Alex's cheap leather hiking boots were neither waterproof nor well insulated.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • insulated = layered to keep warm
  • And opening an insulated door he showed them racks upon racks of numbered test-tubes.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • insulated = designed to prevent passage of heat or sound
  • In the center of the yard there was a lake of debris, vast and deep: leaking car batteries, tangles of insulated copper wire, abandoned transmissions, rusted sheets of corrugated tin, antique faucets, smashed radiators, serrated lengths of luminous brass pipe, and on and on.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • insulated = wrapped so electricity will only flow along the wire
  • ...a pair of insulated flight pants of the type sold in military-surplus stores;
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • insulated = layered to keep warm
  • It appears that McCandless was saving them to insulate his clothing or perhaps to make a feather pillow.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • insulate = create layers for warmth
  • Four or five electric space heaters blasted away. Mom explained that Dad had hooked up every squat in the building to an insulated cable he'd hot-wired off a utility pole down the block.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • insulated = wrapped to prevent electrocution
  • The molten stone poured out in a stream of dazzling incandescence across the road, the asbestos rollers came and went; at the tail of an insulated watering cart the steam rose in white clouds.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
insulated = designed to prevent transfer of heat

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2  —as in:
insulate her from
Definition to separate someone or something from influences thought to be harmful
  • They home schooled their young children to insulate them a little longer from what they consider to be a crass society.
insulate = separate (from influences thought to be harmful)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Supreme Court justices are appointed for life to try to insulate them from outside pressure.
  • insulate = separate
  • Brinker, in his accelerating change from absolute to relative virtue, came up with plan after plan, each more insulated from the fighting than the last.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • insulated = separated
  • Everyone in the family was suffering, but the children wanted to insulate their mother.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • insulate = separate (from harm)
  • Instead of living in concert with the land, instead of relying on the country for sustenance as the natives did, he attempted to insulate himself from the northern environment with ill-suited military tools and traditions.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • insulate = separate (from harm)
  • I must have been entering a mild state of shock. Insulated by this, I took off my clothes and started to climb the pegs.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • insulated = separated from an influence thought to be harmful
  • It was, moreover, a separate and insulated event, to occur but once in her lifetime, and to meet which, therefore, reckless of economy, she might call up the vital strength that would have sufficed for many quiet years.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
insulated = separated

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