- Demarcation is defined as a limit or boundary, or the act of establishing a limit or boundary.
- An example of a demarcation is a city limit sign.
- An example of a demarcation is drawing an out of bounds line for a baseball field.
- the act of setting and marking limits or boundaries
- a limit or boundary
- a separation or distinction
Origin of demarcationSpanish demarcación (in línea de demarcación, 1493) ; from de- (L de), from + marcar, to mark boundaries ; from Germanic an unverified form marka, a boundary, mark
- The setting or marking of boundaries or limits.
- A separation; a distinction: a line of demarcation between two rock strata.
Origin of demarcationSpanish demarcación, from demarcar, to mark boundaries : de-, off (from Latin dē-; see de–) + marcar, to mark (from Italian marcare, from Old Italian, of Germanic origin; see merg- in Indo-European roots).
- The act of marking off a boundary or setting a limit, notably by belligerents signing a treaty or ceasefire.
- A limit thus fixed, in full demarcation line.
- Any strictly defined separation
- There is an alleged, in fact somewhat artificial demarcation in the type of work done by members of different trade unions.
First recorded c.1752, from Spanish linea de demarcacion and/or Portuguese linha de demarcação, the demarcation line laid down by the Pope on May 4, 1493, dividing the New World between Spain and Portugal on a line 100 leagues west of the Cape Verde Islands. Both derive from demarcar, from de- + marcar (“to mark”), from Italian marcare, from the Germanic root of march.