Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ISLANDS

But my father had worked as far as the Grass Flats and beyond them, to a place of islands.'

Let us hope that these islands may one day be made free and independent.

The voyage from Singapore to the Islands was without incident.

Of course if the islands were the Indies, the people must be Indians.

What islands did Columbus find and claim for Spain on his first voyage?

Of the Asiatic islands Java has the largest and oldest railroad system.

The second of the West India islands to construct a railroad was Jamaica.

They took possession of the coast of India and of the islands to the south of it.

This is also the case in Queensland, Tasmania and the Samoan islands.

Opposite, rose the great reddish mass of trees on the islands.

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.