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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
boarding/quarantine kennels
▪ The puppy, which may have rabies, is at a quarantine kennel.
▪ The quarantine makes it illegal to transport honey bees out of the area.
▪ But I don't know how long the quarantine period is.
▪ Simpson said a monkey from the other quarantine room also showed signs of the virus, but a second test was negative.
▪ Subjects who normally smoked or drank were allowed to continue doing so throughout their quarantine.
▪ The issue was resolved by an act of quarantine.
▪ There was no quarantine area, so Evelyn simply remained in the female Barracks during the day.
▪ Two weeks later, 44 of the 50 monkeys in one quarantine room were dead.
▪ With the statewide quarantine, up to 180, 000 acres of wheat crop will be affected, Schlittenhart estimated.
▪ Also wild fish can carry diseases and should be quarantined before you introduce them into your community tank.
▪ Animals brought into the country are automatically quarantined.
▪ But the scientists also will consider whether additional wheat fields should be quarantined and destroyed to contain the spores.
▪ Each hospital that took patients with contagious diseases established quarantine periods.
▪ In Arizona, less than 10 percent of wheat fields are quarantined.
▪ It can also be used to quarantine fish, used for breeding, rearing young or whatever.
▪ The conditions attached to Navy participation in survey visits to quarantine planets were always the same.
▪ The workers were not quarantined, but their temperatures were taken each day.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Quarantine \Quar"an*tine\, n. [F. quarantaine, OF. quaranteine, fr. F. quarante forty, L. quadraginta, akin to quattuor four, and E. four: cf. It. quarantina, quarentine. See Four, and cf. Quadragesima.]

  1. A space of forty days; -- used of Lent.

  2. Specifically, the term, originally of forty days, during which a ship arriving in port, and suspected of being infected a malignant contagious disease, is obliged to forbear all intercourse with the shore; hence, such restraint or inhibition of intercourse; also, the place where infected or prohibited vessels are stationed.

    Note: Quarantine is now applied also to any forced stoppage of travel or communication on account of malignant contagious disease, on land as well as by sea.

  3. (Eng. Law) The period of forty days during which the widow had the privilege of remaining in the mansion house of which her husband died seized.

    Quarantine flag, a yellow flag hoisted at the fore of a vessel or hung from a building, to give warning of an infectious disease; -- called also the yellow jack, and yellow flag.


Quarantine \Quar`an*tine"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quarantined; p. pr. & vb. n. Quarantining.] To compel to remain at a distance, or in a given place, without intercourse, when suspected of having contagious disease; to put under, or in, quarantine.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1520s, "period of 40 days in which a widow has the right to remain in her dead husband's house." Earlier quarentyne (15c.), "desert in which Christ fasted for 40 days," from Latin quadraginta "forty," related to quattuor "four" (see four).\n

\nSense of "period a ship suspected of carrying disease is kept in isolation" is 1660s, from Italian quarantina giorni, literally "space of forty days," from quaranta "forty," from Latin quadraginta. So called from the Venetian custom of keeping ships from plague-stricken countries waiting off its port for 40 days (first enforced 1377) to assure that no latent cases were aboard. The extended sense of "any period of forced isolation" is from 1670s.


1804, from quarantine (n.). Related: Quarantined; quarantining.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A desert in which Christ fasted for 40 days according to the Bible 2 A grace period of 40 days during which a widow has the right to remain in her dead husband's home, regardless of the inheritance Etymology 2

n. 1 A sanitary measure to prevent the spread of a contagious plague by isolating those believed to be infected. 2 Such official detention of a ship at or off port due to suspicion that it may be carrying a contagious disease aboard. 3 A certain place for isolating persons suspected of suffering from a contagious disease. 4 A certain period of time during which a person is isolated to determine whether they've been infected with a contagious disease. 5 (context by extension English) Any rigorous measure of isolation, regardless of the reason. 6 A record system kept by port health authorities in order to monitor and prevent the spread of contagious diseases. 7 (context computing English) A place where email messages or other files which are suspected of harboring a virus are stored. vb. 1 To retain in obligatory isolation or separation, as a sanitary measure to prevent the spread of contagious disease. 2 To put in isolation as if by quarantine

  1. n. enforced isolation of patients suffering from a contagious disease in order to prevent the spread of disease

  2. isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease

  3. v. place into enforced isolation, as for medical reasons; "My dog was quarantined before he could live in England"

Quarantine (Greg Egan novel)

Quarantine is a hard science fiction novel by Greg Egan. Within a detective fiction framework, the novel explores the consequences of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics (or rather of its consciousness causes collapse variant), which Egan acknowledges was chosen more for its entertainment value than for its likelihood of being correct.

Quarantine (The Twilight Zone)

"Quarantine" is the second segment of the seventeenth episode from the first season (1985–86) of the television series The Twilight Zone.


A quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of persons; it is a 'state of enforced isolation'. This is often used in connection to disease and illness, such as those who may possibly have been exposed to a communicable disease. The term is often erroneously used to mean medical isolation, which is "to separate ill persons who have a communicable disease from those who are healthy." The word comes from the Italian (seventeenth-century Venetian) quaranta, meaning forty, which is the number of days ships were required to be isolated before passengers and crew could go ashore during the Black Death plague epidemic. Quarantine can be applied to humans, but also to animals of various kinds, and both as part of border control as well as within a country.

Quarantine (computing)

Quarantine is a function of antivirus software that isolates infected files on a computer's hard disk. Files put in quarantine are no longer capable of infecting their hosting system.

Quarantine (record label)

Quarantine is an English drum and bass record label owned by DJ Fierce.

Quarantine (Crace novel)

Quarantine is a novel by Jim Crace. It was the winner of the 1997 Whitbread Novel Award, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction the same year.

Quarantine (disambiguation)

Quarantine is a medical term for the act of keeping an object in enforced isolation for a period of time to limit or prevent the spread of disease or infection.

Quarantine may also refer to:

Quarantine (1994 video game)

Quarantine is a 1994 racing/ first-person shooter computer game for MS-DOS and 3DO, created by Imagexcel and published by GameTek. Versions for the Japanese market were done in 1996 by Asmik for the PlayStation and MediaQuest for the Sega Saturn, renamed as Hard Rock Cab and Death Throttle respectively. In the game the player drives a taxicab through a post-apocalyptic city, picking up customers and killing enemies. Due to the gratuitous violence the game was controversial at the time of release.

Quarantine (Red Dwarf)

"Quarantine" is the fourth episode of science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf Series V and the twenty eighth in the series run. It was first broadcast on the British television channel BBC2 on 12 March 1992. The episode, fifth to be filmed, was the first one to be solely directed by Rob Grant & Doug Naylor. The episode has Rimmer contracting a holo-virus and turning against the rest of the crew.

Quarantine (Stargate Atlantis)
Quarantine (2008 film)

Quarantine is a 2008 American found-footage supernatural horror film directed and co-written by John Erick Dowdle, produced by Sergio Aguero, Doug Davison, and Roy Lee, and co-written by Drew Dowdle, being a remake of the Spanish film REC. The film stars Jennifer Carpenter, Jay Hernandez, Columbus Short, Greg Germann, Steve Harris, Dania Ramirez, Rade Šerbedžija, and Johnathon Schaech.

Quarantine features no actual composition, it is "scored" by sound effects. In comparison to REC, it features several differences such as added and excluded scenes and characters, dialogue, and a different explanation for the virus.

The film was released by Sony's subsidiary Screen Gems on October 10, 2008. It received polarizingly favorable reviews from critics and was a general box office success. The film was followed by Quarantine 2: Terminal in 2011, to more positive acclaim.

Quarantine (2000 film)

Quarantine is a 2000 American thriller television film written by Steven Salzburg and directed by Chuck Bowman. The film aired on ABC.

Quarantine (Laurel Halo album)

Quarantine is the debut album by American electronic musician Laurel Halo, released in 2012 on the Hyperdub label.

Quarantine (1923 film)

Quarantine (German: Quarantäne) is a 1923 German silent film directed by Max Mack and starring Rudolf Lettinger, Helena Makowska and Loni Nest.

Usage examples of "quarantine".

They were reported to be aggressively engaged in guerilla warfare against the enemy in the provinces of Shantung, Hopei, Shansi and north Kiangsu, although direct evidence was lacking because no foreigner accredited to Chungking was allowed to visit the area north of the quarantine line.

Lee as to where he could obtain the CDC trivalent botulin antitoxin, stocks of which were kept at or near regional airports and Public Health Service Quarantine Stations all over the U.

There were other friends and classmates, one of them a natural humorist of the liveliest sort, who would have been quarantined in any Puritan port, his laugh was so potently contagious.

The move to full quarantine status for Offshoot was being debated by the sector administration committee right now.

The Pandemic had already reached Luxor, and we just missed being caught in the quarantine.

British airports on suspicion of having had contact with a possible polio carrier at Zurich Airport, also an English girl, are still being held in quarantine.

The Ycl, while admirable in many ways, had regrettable appetites that would likely keep their world quarantined for quite some time.

And even before the last ship pulled out there were rumors coursing through streamspace that the AIs would defy the quarantine, that the Consortium had sent out sublight probes to reinitiate contact, that FreeNet, or at least part of it, would be opened to the worldmind.

On Earth, as required by the Nano Act, scans are still being run in quarantined cities.

That they are growing anxious there is evident from the stringency of the quarantine regulations they are passing.

He knew so little of quarantine regulations, however, that his dress was actually in contact with mine whilst he insisted upon the stringency of the orders which he had received.

The village of junked cars was especially odd, because farther on was a hillside of uninhabited housesprobably a quarantine order, or a subzone in the making.

The first few nights here, Jessie had awoken with nightmares, triggered by the quarantine and the strange environment.

Quarantine, Rau followed the supine form of his still-stunned superior off for whatever short-arm inspection Biocontrol demanded without a word.

The drone refers to the need for treatment, decontamination, and observation of a quarantine.