1. <geography> A tract of land surrounded by water, and smaller than a continent. Cf. Continent.

2. Anything regarded as resembling an island; as, an island of ice.

Origin: OE. Iland, yland, AS. Igland, gland, glond; ig, g, island + land, lond, land. AS. Ig, g, is akin to AS. Ea water, river, OHG. Uwa, G. Au meadow, Icel. Ey island, Dan. & Sw. O, Goth. Ahwa a stream, water, L. Aqua water. The s is due to confusion with isle. Cf. Ait, Eyot, Ewer, Aquatic.

(01 Mar 1998)

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