A material used to minimize the transmission of electricity, sound, or heat. Insulation can be made from a wide variety of materials such as plastic, rubber, paper, wood, cork, fur, mineral fibers, and metal foil.
Synonyms and Related Terms
insulating material (AAT preferred); insulator; isolant (Fr.)
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