Aisle vs. Isle

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  • Aisle

    An aisle is, in general (common), a space for walking with rows of seats on both sides or with rows of seats on one side and a wall on the other. Aisles can be seen in airplanes, certain types of buildings, such as churches, cathedrals, synagogues, meeting halls, parliaments and legislatures, courtrooms, theatres, and in certain types of passenger vehicles. Their floors may be flat or, as in theatres, stepped upwards from a stage.

    Aisles can also be seen in shops, warehouses, and factories, where rather than seats, they have shelving to either side. In warehouses and factories, aisles may consist of storage pallets, and in factories, aisles may separate work areas. In health clubs, exercise equipment is normally arranged in aisles.

    Aisles are distinguished from corridors, hallways, walkways, footpaths/pavements (American English sidewalks), trails, paths and (enclosed) “open areas”.

  • Aisle (noun)

    A wing of a building, notably in a church separated from the nave proper by piers.

  • Aisle (noun)

    A clear path through rows of seating.

  • Aisle (noun)

    A clear corridor in a supermarket with shelves on both sides containing goods for sale.

  • Aisle (noun)

    Any path through an otherwise obstructed space.

  • Aisle (noun)

    Seat in public transport, like plane, train or bus, that’s side the aisle.

    “Do you want to seat window or aisle?”

  • Isle (noun)

    A (small) island, compare with islet.

  • Isle (noun)

    obsolete form of aisle

  • Aisle (noun)

    a passage between rows of seats in a building such as a church or theatre, an aircraft, or train

    “the musical had the audience dancing in the aisles”

  • Aisle (noun)

    a passage between cabinets and shelves of goods in a supermarket or other building

    “I spend much of my time at the shops, wandering through the aisles”

  • Aisle (noun)

    (in a church) a lower part parallel to the nave, choir, or transept, from which it is divided by pillars

    “the tiled roof over the south aisle”

  • Isle (noun)

    an island or peninsula, especially a small one

    “Crusoe’s fabled isle”

    “the British Isles”

Oxford Dictionary

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