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Pronunciation:  'kwârun`teen

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease
  2. [n]  enforced isolation of patients suffering from a contagious disease in order to prevent the spread of disease
  3. [v]  place into enforce isolation, as for medical reasons; "My dog was quarantined before he could live in England"

QUARANTINE is a 10 letter word that starts with Q.


 See Also: closing off, insulate, isolate, isolation, isolation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}.
  2. \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.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are placed in quarantine, symbolizes your helplessness by a false friend who is spreading malicious gossip. It may also signify your need to distance yourself from others or a situation. Dreaming that you are seeing a sick friend in quarantine means that a friend desperately needs your help but is afraid to ask.
Biology Dictionary
  1. The limitation on the freedom of movement of an individual, to prevent spread of a disease to other members of a population.
  2. A quarantine is a period of isolation of suspected or known disease carriers to prevent the spreading of communicable diseases.