- the determining and marking off of the boundaries of something.
- separation by distinct boundaries: line of demarcation.
Origin of demarcation
Related Words for demarcationseparation, delimitation, terminus, bound, limit, split, differentiation, distinction, margin, enclosure, confine
Examples from the Web for demarcation
Contemporary Examples of demarcation
In Voodoo, the demarcation between life and death is more fluid; helping Voodoo followers create order out of disorder.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism
November 8, 2014
At that demarcation between inside and out, the vista is most expansive.Geoff Dyer at Sea: Unmoored but on Target
Melissa Holbrook Pierson
May 21, 2014
They've argued about demarcation principles, especially regarding land along the Dragonja River.Half of This Bar Is in Slovenia, the Other Half Is in Croatia
January 6, 2014
Yes, Israel fought a major war with Syria in 1973, but since then, the line of demarcation had been peaceful.What Israel Really Thinks About Syria
May 23, 2013
“I think this could really be an important point of demarcation for Jewish public opinion of the president,” Tisch says.Jewish Anger at Obama
March 18, 2010
Historical Examples of demarcation
No very definite line of demarcation, however, can be drawn.A Handbook of the English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
The line of demarcation was not, and perhaps could not be, drawn with precision.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
Yes, sir; there is a line of demarcation set up in the Constitution.
I went in to try to get the line of demarcation between an inventor and a composer.
In England there were no such recognizable lines of demarcation.Lady Lilith
- 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 for demarcation
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)).