- removal or separation; banishment or exile.
- a withdrawal into seclusion; retirement.
- segregation from others; isolation: sequestration of jurors during a trial.
- the sequestering of property.
- confiscation or seizure.
- Chemistry. the combining of metallic ions with a suitable reagent into a stable, soluble complex in order to prevent the ions from combining with a substance with which they would otherwise have formed an insoluble precipitate, from causing interference in a particular reaction, or from acting as undesirable catalysts.
- the trapping of a chemical in the atmosphere or environment and its isolation in a natural or artificial storage area: Carbon sequestration can reduce global warming.
- the process of implementing an automatic cut in government spending across most departments, agencies, etc.: efforts to avoid or delay sequestration.
- an instance of this: An $80 billion sequestration would lead to massive layoffs.
Origin of sequestration
Examples from the Web for sequestration
Then money for the DOD program was sidelined by the sequestration budget cuts mandated by Congress, Retsky was told.How Big Pharma Holds Back in the War on Cancer
April 23, 2014
He has also managed to trim costs in an era of sequestration.Spy Chief James Clapper: We Can’t Stop Another Snowden
February 24, 2014
Sequestration tore at our threadbare social safety net, and this deal leaves the damage intact.Tea Party Republicans: The Biggest Sore Winners in Washington
December 12, 2013
Meanwhile, Washington has been preoccupied with all-consuming battles over debt ceilings and sequestration.Congress Cooperates, Obama Pushes Hard, and Closing Gitmo Has a Chance
December 12, 2013
Going forward, Republicans are hoping they can use the continuation of sequestration as leverage in future budget showdowns.House Republicans Throw In the Towel
October 16, 2013
All that he asked for was sequestration from Oliver and his associates.The Rough Road
William John Locke
Listen: in the first place, he puts you under a sort of sequestration.Louise de la Valliere
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Moreover the first step at sequestration had been actually taken.The Life of John of Barneveld, 1614-23, Volume II.
John Lothrop Motley
One plan for raising money was the sequestration of Church property.Mexico
The impolicy and immorality of sequestration have been dwelt on.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)
Thomas Hart Benton
- the act of sequestering or state of being sequestered
- law the sequestering of property
- chem the effective removal of ions from a solution by coordination with another type of ion or molecule to form complexes that do not have the same chemical behaviour as the original ionsSee also sequestrant
Word Origin and History for sequestration
c.1400, from Late Latin sequestrationem (nominative sequestratio) "a depositing," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin sequestrare (see sequester).
- The formation of a sequestrum.
- Loss of blood or of its fluid content into spaces within the body, so that the circulating volume diminishes.
- The inhibition or prevention of normal ion behavior by combination with added materials, especially the prevention of metallic ion precipitation from solution.