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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ the Isle of Cozumel
▪ And I don't like life on your crocodile isle.
▪ But now in Salamis, Ajax' isle, we lie.
▪ Experts from their Ross-on-Wye headquarters carried out an extensive survey of the coastal waters around the Shetland isles.
▪ Its dreamlike construction of our sceptred isle as an ethnically purified one provides a special comfort against the ravages of decline.
▪ She watched the dark towering of the isle, bulking higher and higher as they approached.
▪ The ship finally dropped anchor at a beautiful isle of the Marquesas.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Isle \Isle\, n. [Obs.] See Aisle.


Isle \Isle\, n. [OF. isle, F. [^i]le, L. insula; cf. Lith. sala. Cf. Insulate.]

  1. An island. [Poetic]

    Imperial rule of all the seagirt isles.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) A spot within another of a different color, as upon the wings of some insects.


Isle \Isle\, v. t. To cause to become an island, or like an island; to surround or encompass; to island. [Poetic]

Isled in sudden seas of light.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 13c., from Old French ile, earlier isle, from Latin insula "island," of uncertain origin, perhaps (as the Ancients guessed) from in salo "(that which is) in the sea," from ablative of salum "the open sea." The -s- was restored first in French, then in English in the late 1500s.


n. 1 A (small) island. 2 (obsolete form of aisle English)


n. a small island [syn: islet]

Isle, MN -- U.S. city in Minnesota
Population (2000): 707
Housing Units (2000): 414
Land area (2000): 2.104090 sq. miles (5.449567 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.439577 sq. miles (1.138500 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 2.543667 sq. miles (6.588067 sq. km)
FIPS code: 31472
Located within: Minnesota (MN), FIPS 27
Location: 46.140666 N, 93.466735 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 56342
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Isle, MN

Isle may refer to:

  • An island, land surrounded by water
  • Isle, Haute-Vienne, a commune of the Haute-Vienne département in France
  • Isle, Minnesota, a small city in the United States
  • Isle (river), a river in France
  • River Isle, a river in England
  • The Isle, a 2000 South Korean film directed by Kim Ki-duk
  • ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, a journal published by Oxford University Press for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
  • International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE), a learned society of linguists
Isle (river)

The Isle is a long river in south-western France, right tributary of the Dordogne. Its source is in the north-western Massif Central, near the town Nexon (south of Limoges). It flows south-west through the following départements and towns:

  • Haute-Vienne: Le Chalard
  • Dordogne: Périgueux, Mussidan
  • Gironde: Libourne

It flows into the Dordogne in Libourne. Among the tributaries of the Isle are the Auvézère, the Loue, the Beauronne and the Dronne.

Isle (album)

Isle is Flow's fourth studio album. The album comes in two editions: regular and limited. The limited edition comes with a bonus DVD. It reached #7 on the Oricon charts and charted for 12 weeks. *

Usage examples of "isle".

Zinora is truly denied trade with the Windlorn Isles by hostile aborigines, then its fortunes will greatly decline.

All they knew they learned from aerograms, one from Admiral Durenne off the Isle of Wight saying that the Portsmouth forts had been silenced and the Fleet action had begun, and another from the Commodore of the squadron off Folkestone saying that all was going well, and the landing would shortly be effected: and thus they fully expected to have the three towns and the entrance to the Thames at their mercy by the following day.

As she entered the familiar channel between Amygdaloid Island and Belle Isle, and saw the ranger station snugged up safe from storms at the foot of the moss-covered cliff, she allowed herself one short dream of cholla cactus and skies without milky veils of moisture, of a sun with fire to it and food hotter even than that.

Isle of Glass seeking the cup, but to find my brother, but though there were many acolytes among the White Priests, Ancel was not among the acolytes.

I may be believed when I assert that Desolation Islands is the only suitable name for this group of three hundred isles or islets in the midst of the vast expanse of ocean, which is constantly disturbed by austral storms.

We correct the phrase, which should read thus: In the year 1512 they departed from Banda toward Malacca, and on the baxos or flats of Lucapinho Francis Serrano was wrecked with his junk, from whence he escaped unto the Isle of Amboina with nine or ten Portugals which were with him, and the Kings of Maluco sent for them.

Pevensey on the other side of Beachy Head, which was a more important harbour, or possibly even as far as the Isle of Wight.

He assembled them in the River Dives, not far to the east of Caen, and from there it is a hundred miles to Beachy Head and the same to the Isle of Wight.

For even the birds of Ares that haunted the desert isle beforetime, not even them did we find.

Hyllean land, and they left behind all the islands that were beforetime thronged by the Colchians--the Liburnian isles, isle after isle, Issa, Dysceladus, and lovely Pityeia.

In consequence of this movement Nelson blockaded that port, and landed a force in the isle of Elba, in order to secure Porto Ferrajo.

Owan said they should reach Busk, the main town of the Isle of Thorold, within another two days.

It was not difficult for him to find this isle as it seemed that, being an initiate of Isis, once in bygone days he had visited it on the business of the goddess.

We had first General de Blaumont, then Baron Davillier, the celebrated ceramist who explored Spain and the Balearic Isles, and brought to the notice of collectors the wonderful Hispano-Arabic china.

In her time as a scholar, which was as long as the codices had been kept on the Isle of Senana, she had come across a variety of materials, from triangular oak rods to the most delicate rice parchment.