[ dee-mahr-key-shuhn ]
/ ˌdi mɑrˈkeɪ ʃən /
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the determining and marking off of the boundaries of something.
separation by distinct boundaries: line of demarcation.
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How to use demarcation in a sentence
He could see no line of demarkation where it ended at the top.The Fire People|Ray Cummings
Philologic study of continental terms displays no such marked emphasis upon the idea of property and demarkation lines.Milton's England|Lucia Ames Mead
But the line of demarkation between the educated and the half-educated is just as clear in New York as in London.America To-day, Observations and Reflections|William Archer
In the neighborhood of this camp I carefully noted the lines of demarkation between the forested and deforested regions.Travels in Alaska|John Muir
A line of demarkation in such a case is distinctly drawn between the diseased and the healthy flesh.The Kentuckian in New-York, Volume I (of 2)|William Alexander Caruthers
British Dictionary definitions for demarcation
/ (ˌdiːmɑːˈkeɪʃən) /
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
C18: Latinized version of Spanish demarcación, from demarcar to appoint the boundaries of, from marcar to mark, from Italian marcare, of Germanic origin; see mark 1
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