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demarcation

[dee-mahr-key-shuh n] /ˌdi mɑrˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the determining and marking off of the boundaries of something.
2.
separation by distinct boundaries:
line of demarcation.
Also, demarkation.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; Latinization of Spanish demarcación (in linea de demarcación line of demarcation, dividing the world between Spain and Portugal) derivative of demarcar to mark out the bounds of, equivalent to de- de- + marcar < Italian marcare < Germanic; see mark1, -ation
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demarcation

/ˌdiːmɑːˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of establishing limits or boundaries
2.
a limit or boundary
3.
  1. a strict separation of the kinds of work performed by members of different trade unions
  2. (as modifier) demarcation dispute
4.
separation or distinction (often in the phrase line of demarcation)
Word Origin
C18: Latinized version of Spanish demarcación, from demarcar to appoint the boundaries of, from marcar to mark, from Italian marcare, of Germanic origin; see mark1
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Word Origin and History for demarcations
demarcation
c.1752, from Sp. linea de demarcacion, or Port. linha de demarcaçao, line laid down by the Pope, May 4, 1493, dividing the New World between Spain and Portugal on a line 100 leagues west of the Cape Verde Islands. Applied from 1801 to other lines dividing regions.
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