First recorded c.1752, from Spanish línea de demarcación 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.
- 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.
- 1831, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality, volume 3, pages 48-49:
- About sunset, he was leaning on the remains of an old wall, which had once probably surrounded a Roman encampment, and now served as a line of demarcation between two villages, as jealous of each other's claims as near neighbours usually are.
- 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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- demarcation in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- demarcation in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.