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ISLAND, noun i'land. [This is an absurd compound of isle and land, that is, land-in-water land, or ieland-land. There is no such legitimate word in English, and it is found only in books. The genuine word always used in discourse is our native word, Sax.ealong, D.G. eiland.]

1. A tract of land surrounded by water.

2. A large mass of floating ice, is called an island of ice.