(In`suf*fi"cient) a. [L. insufficiens, -entis. See In- not, and Sufficient.]
1. Not sufficient; not enough; inadequate to any need, use, or purpose; as, the provisions are insufficient
in quantity, and defective in quality. "Insufficient for His praise." Cowper.
2. Wanting in strength, power, ability, capacity, or skill; incompetent; incapable; unfit; as, a person insufficient
to discharge the duties of an office.
Syn. Inadequate; scanty; incommensurate; unequal; unfit; incompetent; incapable; inefficient.
(In`suf*fi"cient*ly), adv. In an insufficient manner or degree; unadequately.
(In`suf*fla"tion) n. [L. insuffatio: cf. F. insuffation. See In- in, and Sufflation.] The act of
breathing on or into anything; especially: (a) (R. C. Ch.) The breathing upon a person in the sacrament
of baptism to symbolize the inspiration of a new spiritual life. (b) (Med.) The act of blowing (a gas,
powder, or vapor) into any cavity of the body.
(In*suit"a*ble) a. Unsuitable. [Obs.] In*suit`a*bil"i*ty n. [Obs.]
(In"su*lar) a. [L. insularis, fr. insula island: cf. F. insulaire. See Isle.]
1. Of or pertaining to an island; of the nature, or possessing the characteristics, of an island; as, an insular
climate, fauna, etc.
2. Of or pertaining to the people of an island; narrow; circumscribed; illiberal; contracted; as, insular habits,
opinions, or prejudices.
The penury of insular conversation.Johnson.
(In"su*lar), n. An islander. [R.] Berkeley.
(In`su*lar"i*ty) n. [Cf. F. insularité.]
1. The state or quality of being an island or consisting of islands; insulation.
The insularity of Britain was first shown by Agricola, who sent his fleet round it.Pinkerton.
2. Narrowness or illiberality of opinion; prejudice; exclusiveness; as, the insularity of the Chinese or of the
(In"su*lar*ly) adv. In an insular manner.
(In"su*la*ry) a. Insular. [Obs.] Howell.
(In"su*late) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Insulated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Insulating ] [L. insulatus insulated,
fr. insula island. See Isle, and cf. Isolate.]
1. To make an island of. [Obs.] Pennant.
2. To place in a detached situation, or in a state having no communication with surrounding objects; to
isolate; to separate.
3. (Elec. & Thermotics) To prevent the transfer of electricity or heat to or from (bodies) by the interposition
Insulating stool (Elec.), a stool with legs of glass or some other nonconductor of electricity, used for
insulating a person or any object placed upon it.