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Cay vs. Island

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Main Difference

The main difference between Cay and Island is that the Cay is a small island formed on the surface of a coral reef and Island is a sub-continental land that is surrounded by water.

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  • Cay (noun)

    A small, low island largely made of sand or coral.

  • Island (noun)

    A contiguous area of land, smaller than a continent, totally surrounded by water.

  • Island (noun)

    An entity surrounded by other entities that are very different from itself.

    "an island of tranquility (a calm place surrounded by a noisy environment)"

    "an island of colour on a butterfly's wing"

  • Island (noun)

    A superstructure on an aircraft carrier's deck.

  • Island (noun)

    A traffic island.

    "the island in the middle of a roundabout"

  • Island (noun)

    An unincorporated area wholly surrounded by one or more incorporated areas.

  • Island (noun)

    A phrase from which a wh-word cannot be extracted without yielding invalid grammar.

  • Island (verb)

    To surround with water; make into an island.

  • Island (verb)

    To set, dot (as if) with islands.

  • Island (verb)

    To isolate.

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  • Cay (noun)

    See Key, a ledge.

  • Island (noun)

    A tract of land surrounded by water, and smaller than a continent. Cf. Continent.

  • Island (noun)

    Anything regarded as resembling an island; as, an island of ice.

  • Island (noun)

    See Isle, n., 2.

  • Island

    To cause to become or to resemble an island; to make an island or islands of; to isle.

  • Island

    To furnish with an island or with islands; as, to island the deep.

Webster Dictionary
  • Cay (noun)

    a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida

  • Island (noun)

    a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water

  • Island (noun)

    a zone or area resembling an island

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