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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 I·so·late v. t. [imp. & p. p. Isolated p. pr. & vb. n. Isolating ]
 1. To place in a detached situation; to place by itself or alone; to insulate; to separate from others; as, to isolate an infected person from others; to isolate the troublemakers in a classroom.
    Short isolated sentences were the mode in which ancient wisdom delighted to convey its precepts.   --Bp. Warburton.
 2. Elec. To insulate. See Insulate.
 3. Chem. To separate (a substance) from all foreign substances; to make pure; to obtain in a free state; as, to isolate the desired product from a reaction mixture.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : relating to or being a language in which each word typically
            expresses a distinct idea and part of speech and
            syntactical relations are determined almost exclusively
            by word order and particles [syn: isolating(a)]