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insulation

Noun

1 the state of being isolated or detached; "the insulation of England was preserved by the English Channel" [syn: insularity, insularism, detachment]
2 a material that reduces or prevents the transmission of heat or sound or electricity [syn: insulating material, insulant]
3 the act of protecting something by surrounding it with material that reduces or prevents the transmission of sound or heat or electricity

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English

Etymology

From insulate

Pronunciation

  • italbrac RP /ˌɪnsjʊˈleɪʃən/
  • italbrac US /ˌɪnsəˈleɪʃən/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪʃǝn

Noun

  1. The act of insulating, or the state of being insulated; detachment from other objects; isolation.
  2. The act of separating a body from others by nonconductors, so as to prevent the transfer of electricity, heat, sound; also, the state of a body so separated.
  3. In the context of "electrical": a medium in which it is possible to maintain an electrical field with little supply of energy from additional sources; then energy required to produce the electric field is fully recoverable only in a complete vacuum [the ideal dielectric when the field or applied voltage is removed; used to a) save space, b) enhance safety, c) improve appearance.

Translations

The act of insulating
  • French: isolation
  • Russian: изолирование, изоляция
The act of separating a body from others
  • Russian: изолирование, изоляция
a medium in which it is possible to maintain an electrical field with little supply of energy from additional sources
  • Russian: изоляция, изолятор
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Extensive Definition

Insulation may mean:
insulation in Danish: Isolator
insulation in Spanish: Aislamiento
insulation in French: Isolation
insulation in Italian: Isolante
insulation in Polish: Izolator
insulation in Simple English: Insulation
insulation in Finnish: Eriste

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