Definitions for: Separation


[n] the act of dividing or disconnecting
[n] the social act of separating or parting company; "the separation of church and state"
[n] (law) the cessation of cohabitation of man and wife (either by mutual agreement or under a court order)
[n] sorting one thing from others; "the separation of wheat from chaff"; "the separation of mail by postal zones"
[n] the distance between things; "fragile items require separation and cushioning"
[n] termination of employment (by resignation or dismissal)
[n] coming apart
[n] the space where a division or parting occurs; "he hid in the separation between walls"
[n] the state of lacking unity



Webster (1913) Definition: Sep`a*ra"tion, n. [L. separatio: cf. F.
s['e]paration.]
The act of separating, or the state of being separated, or
separate. Specifically:
(a) Chemical analysis.
(b) Divorce.
(c) (Steam Boilers) The operation of removing water from
steam.

Judicial separation (Law), a form of divorce; a separation
of man and wife which has the effect of making each a
single person for all legal purposes but without ability
to contract a new marriage. --Mozley & W.

Synonyms: breakup, detachment, interval, legal separation

Antonyms: unification, union

See Also: alteration, avulsion, breach, break, cessation, change, change of integrity, clearance, closing off, detachment, disassociation, disconnectedness, disconnection, disconnection, discontinuity, discreteness, disengagement, disjunction, disjunction, disjuncture, dissociation, distance, distinctness, disunion, divergence, divergence, divergency, division, divorce, divorcement, falling out, final result, group action, integrity, isolation, isolation, modification, outcome, partition, partitioning, remotion, removal, result, resultant, rift, rupture, secession, seclusion, sectionalisation, sectionalization, segmentation, segregation, separateness, sequestration, severalty, severance, sifting, sorting, space, surcease, tear, termination, threshing, unity, wholeness, winnow, winnowing, withdrawal

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