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Dictionary Definition

separation

Noun

1 the act of dividing or disconnecting
2 coming apart [syn: breakup, detachment]
3 the state of lacking unity [ant: union]
4 the distance between things; "fragile items require separation and cushioning" [syn: interval]
5 sorting one thing from others; "the separation of wheat from chaff"; "the separation of mail by postal zones"
6 the social act of separating or parting company; "the separation of church and state"
7 the space where a division or parting occurs; "he hid in the separation between walls"
8 termination of employment (by resignation or dismissal)
9 (law) the cessation of cohabitation of man and wife (either by mutual agreement or under a court order) [syn: legal separation]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. The act of separating or the condition of being separated
  2. The place at which a division occurs
  3. An interval, gap or space that separates things
  4. An agreement terminating a relationship between husband and wife, but short of a divorce

Translations

the act of separating
  • Hungarian: elválasztás
  • Portuguese: separação
the place at which a division occurs
an interval, gap or space that separates things
(law) an agreement terminating a relationship

Extensive Definition

Separation may refer to several different subjects:
separation in Czech: Separace
separation in German: Separation
separation in French: Séparation
separation in Ido: Separo

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