- the determining and marking off of the boundaries of something.
- separation by distinct boundaries: line of demarcation.
Origin of demarcation
Examples from the Web for demarkation
If this be the line of demarkation, we can and will remove it.
He could see no line of demarkation where it ended at the top.The Fire People
There is no distinct line of demarkation between the two varieties of love, and one merges imperceptibly into the other.Woman
William J. Robinson
Of course it is impossible to draw hard and fast lines of demarkation, and assign to each poet his own words.Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4
Charles Dudley Warner
There was a clear line of demarkation separating the domains of religion and philosophy.Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Benjamin Franklin Cocker
- the act of establishing limits or boundaries
- a limit or boundary
- a strict separation of the kinds of work performed by members of different trade unions
- (as modifier)demarcation dispute
- separation or distinction (often in the phrase line of demarcation)
Word Origin and History for demarkation
c.1752, from Spanish linea de demarcacion or Portuguese linha de demarcaçao, name of the line laid down by Pope Alexander VI, May 4, 1493, dividing the New World between Spain and Portugal on a line 100 leagues west of the Cape Verde Islands. Applied from 1801 to other lines dividing regions. From Spanish de- (see de-) + marcar "to mark the boundaries of," from a Germanic source (see mark (n.1)).