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- The act of disuniting two or more things, or the condition of being separated.
- The act or condition of two or more people being separated from one another.
- 1855, Douglass, Frederick, chapter 19, in My Bondage and My Freedom:
- We were a band of brothers, and never dearer to each other than now. The thought which gave us the most pain, was the probable separation which would now take place, in case we were sold off to the far south, as we were likely to be.
- The act or condition of a married couple living in separate homes while remaining legally married.
- (law) An agreement legalizing such an arrangement.
- Synonym: divorce from bed and board
- 1936, Mitchell, Margaret, chapter 63, in Gone with the Wind, part 5, New York: Macmillan, published 1964:
- “You are deserting me?”
“Don’t be the neglected, dramatic wife, Scarlett. The rôle isn’t becoming. I take it, then, you do not want a divorce or even a separation? Well, then, I’ll come back often enough to keep gossip down.”
- The place at which a division occurs.
- An interval, gap or space that separates things or people.
- An object that separates two spaces.
- (military) Departure from active duty, while not necessarily leaving the service entirely.
- immunomagnetic separation
- legal separation
- membrane separation
- phase separation
- separation allowance
- separation anxiety
- separation energy
- separation of concerns
- separation of duties
- separation of powers
- separation pay
- static separation of duty
- trial separation
act of disuniting two or more things
act or condition of two or more people being separated from one another
the place at which a division occurs
an interval, gap or space that separates things
(law) an agreement terminating a relationship
- “separation” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2021.