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Etymology [ edit ]
First recorded c.1752, from
Spanish and/or línea de demarcación Portuguese , the linha de demarcação 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 demarcation line , from demarcar + de- marcar ( “ to mark ” ), from Italian , from the same Germanic root as marcare .
Pronunciation [ edit ]
demarcation ( , countable and uncountable plural ) demarcations
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
, 1831 L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Romance and Reality., volume III, London: [ … ] Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, [ … ] , , →OCLC 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. , 1983 Richard Ellis, The Book of Sharks, Knopf, , page 7: →ISBN In the sea there is no demarcation between the hunter and the hunted, as there is on the African plains.
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act of marking off a boundary or setting a limit
strictly defined separation
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Further reading [ edit ]
demarcation”, in , Springfield, Mass.: Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary G. & C. Merriam, 1913, . →OCLC “ demarcation”, in , New York, N.Y.: The Century Dictionary [ … ] The Century Co., 1911, . →OCLC
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