Transf.: apud fustitudinas ferricrepinas insulas, i. e. the mills in which, as a punishment, slaves were forced to grind, Plaut. As. 1, 1, 18.
A house for poor people, which was let out in portions to several families; opp. domus, which was the mansion of a rich family, Cic. Off. 3, 16, 66: intellego Clodii insulam esse venalem, id. Cael. 7, 17; Tac. A. 6, 45; 15, 43; Suet. Tib. 48; id. Caes. 41; Mart. 4, 37, 4 al.; sometimes also of a single lodging in such a house, Suet. Ner. 38; cf. Preller, Regionen der Stadt Rom, p. 86 sq.; Becker, Gallus, 2, p. 146 sq. 2d edit.
A temple (eccl.); cf. Is. Voss. ad Just. 32, 2, 2.