Demarcation meaning

dēmär-kāshən
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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.

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The setting or marking of boundaries or limits.
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A separation; a distinction.

A line of demarcation between two rock strata.

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The act of setting and marking limits or boundaries.
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A limit or boundary.
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A separation or distinction.
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The act of marking off a boundary or setting a limit, notably by belligerents signing a treaty or ceasefire.
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A limit thus fixed, in full demarcation line.
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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.

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Origin of demarcation

  • Spanish demarcación from demarcar to mark boundaries de- off (from Latin dē- de–) marcar to mark (from Italian marcare) (from Old Italian of Germanic origin merg- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary