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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ISLAND

She's sitting up nights to corner all the Amalgamated Hard-luck on the island.

Then they launched the ship's boat, in which Bates had come to the island, and put out to sea.

I wonder how it would seem to live on such an island as this?

Feeling sure that there was no one on the island but himself, he thought he was deceived.

And, of this island realm, he and his companion were the undisputed sovereigns.

There was no one in sight, but it was evident that a party from an American ship had visited the island.

He began to think busily, and finally resolved to go to the island and search for him.

The island is well enough, but there's nothing like the deck of a good ship.

That morning a rumor had reached the village of a famine in the island of Crete.

"On the shore of that island beneath you," replied the voice.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, earlier yland (c.1300), from Old English igland "island," from ieg "island" (from Proto-Germanic *aujo "thing on the water," from PIE *akwa- "water;" see aqua-) + land "land." Spelling modified 15c. by association with similar but unrelated isle. An Old English cognate was ealand "river-land, watered place, meadow by a river." In place names, Old English ieg is often used of "slightly raised dry ground offering settlement sites in areas surrounded by marsh or subject to flooding" [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names]. Related: Islander.

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