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.


  1. separation

    Separation refers to the act or process of dividing, disconnecting, detaching, segregating, or differentiating two or more entities, people, objects, or concepts from each other. It can also refer to the state of being removed or apart from something else. This term is employed across various disciplines with different specific meanings, such as in science, law, mathematics, and sociology.

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. Rodney Hood:

    Trey Lyles was big -- hitting threes, getting to the basket, he created some separation. We're a really good defensive team, so we got some stops when we needed them. It was big for us.

  2. Pope John Paul II:

    The fear of making permanent commitments can change the mutual love of husband and wife into two loves of self-two loves existing side by side, until they end in separation.

  3. District Superintendent:

    Recognizing the call for new leadership at Shallow Brook Intermediate, the Board and the Administration believe that the interests of the School District and the community are best served by approving the Separation Agreement, this will allow all parties to move forward without further disruption.

  4. Deidre Berger:

    There is little separation, in the minds of many, between Jews and Israel.

  5. Zhang Xiaoming:

    The dual responsibility of chief executive to the central government and Hong Kong has given him a special legal position which is above the executive, legislative and judicial institutions, hong Kong is not a political system that exercises the separation of powers.

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