What does separation mean?

Definitions for separation
ˌsɛp əˈreɪ ʃənsep·a·ra·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. separationnoun

    the state of lacking unity

  2. separation, breakup, detachmentnoun

    coming apart

  3. interval, separationnoun

    the distance between things

    "fragile items require separation and cushioning"

  4. separationnoun

    sorting one thing from others

    "the separation of wheat from chaff"; "the separation of mail by postal zones"

  5. separationnoun

    the social act of separating or parting company

    "the separation of church and state"

  6. separationnoun

    the space where a division or parting occurs

    "he hid in the separation between walls"

  7. separationnoun

    the termination of employment (by resignation or dismissal)

  8. legal separation, separationnoun

    (law) the cessation of cohabitation of man and wife (either by mutual agreement or under a court order)

  9. separationnoun

    the act of dividing or disconnecting


  1. separationnoun

    The act of separating or the condition of being separated.

  2. separationnoun

    The place at which a division occurs.

  3. separationnoun

    An interval, gap or space that separates things.

  4. separationnoun

    An agreement terminating a relationship between husband and wife, but short of a divorce.

  5. Etymology: Attested in the 15th Century ; from separation, from separationem.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Separationnoun

    Etymology: separatio, Lat. separation, Fr. from separate.

    They have a dark opinion, that the soul doth live after the separation from the body. George Abbot.

    Any part of our bodies, vitally united to that which is conscious in us, makes a part of ourselves; but upon separation from the vital union, by which that consciousness is communicated, that which a moment since was part of ourselves, is now no more so. John Locke.

    As the confusion of tongues was a mark of separation, so the being of one language was a mark of union. Francis Bacon.

    A fifteenth part of silver, incorporate with gold, will not be recovered by any matter of separation, unless you put a greater quantity of silver, which is the last refuge in separations. Francis Bacon.

    Did you not hear
    A buzzing of a separation
    Between the king and Cath’rine? William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Separationnoun

    the act of separating, or the state of being separated, or separate

  2. Separationnoun

    chemical analysis

  3. Separationnoun


  4. Separationnoun

    the operation of removing water from steam

  5. Etymology: [L. separatio: cf. F. sparation.]


  1. Separation

    Separation is an EP by Halou.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'separation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4687

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'separation' in Nouns Frequency: #1886

Anagrams for separation »

  1. antioperas

  2. asperation

  3. anisoptera

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of separation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of separation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of separation in a Sentence

  1. Merrick Garland:

    Consistent with our commitment to the rule of law, we must ensure that full weight is accorded to separation-of-powers concerns moving forward.

  2. Dror Ladin:

    This is not over. We will be asking the federal appeals court to expedite the ongoing appeals proceeding to halt the irreversible and imminent damage from Trump's border wall. Border communities, the environment, and our Constitution's separation of powers will be permanently harmed should Trump get away with pillaging military funds for a xenophobic border wall Congress denied.

  3. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

    It could dramatically change the separation of powers between the White House and the Senate if the Senate agrees we will conduct both the investigation and the trial of an impeachment, what's more, some of the proposed new witnesses include executive branch officials whose communications with the President and with other executive branch officials lie at the very core of the President's constitutional privilege.

  4. John Delaney:

    I also believe strongly in the freedom of religion, right, and I believe strongly in the separation of church and state. So I don't believe religious doctrine should inform public policy.

  5. Johns Hopkins:

    Testing, tracing, treatment, mask-wearing, isolation, separation, sanitation all of those things because the sooner we do that and the sooner we have a vaccine, the sooner we crush the virus, i hope it would be an incentive for people to follow science.

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