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.
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)]