Definition of Separation

1. Noun. The state of lacking unity.

2. Noun. Coming apart.
Exact synonyms: Breakup, Detachment
Generic synonyms: Alteration, Change, Modification
Specialized synonyms: Breach, Break, Falling Out, Rift, Rupture, Severance, Break
Derivative terms: Break Up, Break Up, Detach, Separate

3. Noun. The distance between things. "Fragile items require separation and cushioning"
Exact synonyms: Interval
Generic synonyms: Distance
Specialized synonyms: Clearance

4. Noun. Sorting one thing from others. "The separation of mail by postal zones"
Specialized synonyms: Threshing, Sifting, Winnow, Winnowing
Generic synonyms: Sorting
Derivative terms: Separate

5. Noun. The social act of separating or parting company. "The separation of church and state"

6. Noun. The space where a division or parting occurs. "He hid in the separation between walls"
Generic synonyms: Space

7. Noun. The termination of employment (by resignation or dismissal).

8. Noun. (law) the cessation of cohabitation of man and wife (either by mutual agreement or under a court order).
Exact synonyms: Legal Separation
Generic synonyms: Cessation, Surcease
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Separate

9. Noun. The act of dividing or disconnecting.

Definition of Separation

1. n. The act of separating, or the state of being separated, or separate.

Definition of Separation

1. Noun. The act of separating or the condition of being separated. ¹

2. Noun. The place at which a division occurs. ¹

3. Noun. An interval, gap or space that separates things. ¹

4. Noun. (legal) An agreement terminating a relationship between husband and wife, but short of a divorce. ¹

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Definition of Separation

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Medical Definition of Separation

1. The act of separating, or the state of being separated, or separate. Specifically: Chemical analysis. Divorce. The operation of removing water from steam. Judicial separation, a form of divorce; a separation of man and wife which has the effect of making each a single person for all legal purposes but without ability to contract a new marriage. Origin: L. Separatio: cf. F. Separation. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Separation

separate peaces
separate the wheat from the chaff
separating funnel
separating funnels
separating medium
separating wire
separation (current term)
separation anxiety
separation anxiety disorder
separation anxiety disorders
separation energy
separation of concerns
separation of powers
separation of retina
separation of teeth
separations of powers

Literary usage of Separation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Bulletin by Mysore Geologists' Association (1918)
"Walls, HL and Metzger, FJ Quantitative separation of tungstic acid front silicic acid. ... Manchot antl Kieser, AJ (separation of tungsten from silica). ..."

2. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1912)
"THE separation OF THE RARE EARTHS. BY C. JAMES. Received March 23, 1912. Since writing a scheme for the separation of rare earths in 1908, many new methods ..."

3. Standard methods of chemical analysis: A Manual of Analytical Methods and by Wilfred Welday Scott (1917)
"separation of Bismuth from Mercury. The insoluble sulphides, remaining from ... separation of Bismuth from Lead. This is the most important procedure in the ..."

4. Journal by Iron and Steel Institute (1893)
"0-71 2-12 By mechanical separation it was found impossible to effect a separation of the zinc blende with which this mineral was associated. ..."

5. Journal by Iron and Steel Institute (1892)
"The separation of Baryta and Lime.— K. Fresenius* has examined a number of methods ... He finds that from weak acetic solutions a complete separation may be ..."

6. Chemical Abstracts by American Chemical Society (1908)
"A method is also given for the separation of Ti and Zr in the presence of Fe and Mn by means of ... Concerning a New separation of Titanium and Zirconium. ..."

7. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, Sir Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1909)
"He who thinks on the real significance of things will place the act of separation in 1767 rather than 1784. Thus the two strongest motives of separation ..."

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