demarcate

[dih-mahr-keyt, dee-mahr-keyt]
verb (used with object), demarcated, demarcating.
1.
to determine or mark off the boundaries or limits of: to demarcate a piece of property.
2.
to separate distinctly: to demarcate the lots with fences.

Origin:
1810–20; back formation from demarcation

demarcator, noun
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demarcate (ˈdiːmɑːˌkeɪt)
 
vb
1.  to mark, fix, or draw the boundaries, limits, etc, of
2.  to separate or distinguish between (areas with unclear boundaries)
 
'demarcator
 
n

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demarcate
1816, back-formation from demarcation. Related: Demarcated (1882); demarcating (1840).
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Example sentences
It gives him shape, explains him, demarcates the upper limit of what he can imagine and the depth to which he can sink.
So rather than making contact, he identifies where their lands are and then demarcates them to keep outsiders from entering.
The bright line that demarcates determinate from indeterminate underlying economic condition depends upon structure.
No clear line demarcates museum-quality facsimiles from work-a-day replicas.
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