separation

Definitions

  • Case and Works Separated
    Case and Works Separated
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n separation the act of dividing or disconnecting
    • n separation the social act of separating or parting company "the separation of church and state"
    • n separation (law) the cessation of cohabitation of man and wife (either by mutual agreement or under a court order)
    • n separation sorting one thing from others "the separation of wheat from chaff","the separation of mail by postal zones"
    • n separation the distance between things "fragile items require separation and cushioning"
    • n separation the termination of employment (by resignation or dismissal)
    • n separation coming apart
    • n separation the space where a division or parting occurs "he hid in the separation between walls"
    • n separation the state of lacking unity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A violin actually contains 70 separate pieces of wood
    • n Separation (Steam Boilers) The act of separating, or the state of being separated, or separate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Italians do not drink espresso during meals. It is considered to be a separate event and is given its own time.
    • n separation The act of separating, removing, or disconnecting one thing from another; a disjoining or disjunction: as, the separation of the soul from the body; the separation of the good from the bad.
    • n separation The operation of disuniting or decomposing substances; chemical analysis.
    • n separation The state of being separate; disunion; disconnection; separate existence.
    • n separation Specifically, a limited divorce, or divorce from bed and board without a dissolution of the marriage tie. This may be by common consent or by decree of a court; in the latter case it is called a judicial separation. See divorce.
    • n separation In music:
    • n separation A passing-note between two tones a third apart.
    • n separation In organ-building, a contrivance introduced into instruments where the great organ keyboard has a pneumatic action, enabling the player to use that keyboard without sounding the pipes belonging to it, even though its stops may be more or less drawn. It is particularly useful where the action of the other keyboards when coupled together is too hard to be convenient.
    • n separation A body of persons separated in fact or doctrine from the rest of the community; a body of separatists or nonconformists; specifically, in the seventeenth century, the Puritans collectively.
    • n separation In astrology, the condition when two significators have lately been in aspect and the aspect is just over.
    • n separation In horticulture, the method of propagating plants by means of naturally separable parts, as offsets, small bulbs that spring from a mother bulb, or detachable buds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The City of Istanbul straddles two separate continents, Europe and Asia.
    • Separation act of separating or disjoining: state of being separate: disunion: chemical analysis: divorce without a formal dissolution of the marriage-tie
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Quotations

  • Erich Fromm
    Erich%20Fromm
    “Man may be defined as the animal that can say I, that can be aware of himself as a separate entity.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
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    “Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”
  • Marcel Proust
    Marcel%20Proust
    “In a separation it is the one who is not really in loved who says the more tender things.”
  • Francis Picabia
    Francis%20Picabia
    “Maybe men are separated from each other only by the degree of their misery.”
  • Virgil
    Virgil
    “The Britons are quite separated from all the world.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Pride is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity.”

Idioms

Separate the sheep from the goats - If you separate the sheep from the goats, you sort out the good from the bad.
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Separate the wheat from the chaff - When you separate the wheat from the chaff, you select what is useful or valuable and reject what is useless or worthless.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. separatio,: cf. F. séparation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. separāre, -ātumse-, aside, parāre, to put.

Usage

In literature:

Unwilling to consent to a separation from his daughter, he had procured a governess to take charge of her education.
"The Honor of the Name" by Emile Gaboriau
She could, perhaps, save the princess royal and the imperial court the disgrace of a separation.
"Frederick the Great and His Court" by L. Mühlbach
Even Gudrun was a separate unit, separate, separate, having nothing to do with this self, this Ursula, in her new world of reality.
"Women in Love" by D. H. Lawrence
I at last found a clear space separating two ponds.
"Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Complete" by Ulysses S. Grant
The separation from her brother in the morning might account for it.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
I at last found a clear space separating two ponds.
"Memoirs of Three Civil War Generals, Complete" by U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, P. H. Sheridan
Our inn is just beyond it, but quite separated from it.
"In the Wilderness" by Robert Hichens
In this time Antony was separated from her only during a campaign in the East.
"Famous Affinities of History, Vol 1-4, Complete" by Lyndon Orr
These ideas, therefore, admit no more of separation than they do of distinction and difference.
"A Treatise of Human Nature" by David Hume
As he thought of it all it seemed to him that if she would not obey him, and give him this promise, they must be separated.
"He Knew He Was Right" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

At least dream then that we never separated,
We dreamed it so often, child, next to each other.
Now I have kissed, as you slept, for the last time
the silken fragrant abundance of your wild hair.
"Adieu" by Martinus Nijhoff
Since ere I left my native isle,
My childhood's home, life's happy smile
And crossed the separating seas,
Nothing my lonely heart could please
Till now--and oh, I cannot tell
How I admire thee, Isabel!
"To Isabel" by Nora Pembroke
On the far horizon waved some flicker of light
My heart, a city of suffering, awoke in a state of dream
My eyes, turning restless, still dreaming,
the morning, dawning in this vacuous abode of separation
"The Incarceration Of Loneliness" by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Yet he was good and fair to see
I know in my heart he loved me well,
What separated him from me,
I cannot tell, oh! I cannot tell,
For the blow came sudden, and sharp, and sore,
And I am alone now for evermore.
"Divided" by Nora Pembroke
Tomorrow will have an island. Before night
I always find it. Then on to the next island.
These places hidden in the day separate
and come forward if you beckon.
But you have to know they are there before they exist.
"Security" by William Stafford
They have left you, little Henry, but they have not left you lonely—
Brothers' hearts so knit together could not, might not separate dwell.
Fain to seek you in the mansions far away—One lingered only
To bid those behind farewell!
"Poems - Written On The Deaths Of Three Lovely Children" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Watching a Sikh band performing at a temple in Badalona, a city in Catalonia , which is considering separating from Spain.
Located at 362 N Rodeo Drive, the 3,000-square foot store will sell women's handbags, accessories, shoes, eyewear, jewelry, watches and lingerie as well as separates, blankets and shoes for infants and children.
Mikel Weisser and Johnnie Robinson are separated by less than one-tenth of a percentage point following last month's primary election.
Separating Wheat From Chaff in Celiac Disease.
From there, he goes back in the room to see the human centipede has separated into two 5 person centipedes and ones of them ripped himself off of the other.
This unit is equipped with an extra deep basket design which provides a larger filtration/separation area over conventional equipment.
Although dilution may not increase the feed rate, it may enhance separation efficiency, allowing a second or third pass through the centrifuges .
Separating wheat from chaff John Watson Commentary.
Separating Wheat, Chaff In Health Care Ruling.
Separating wheat from chaff at the Rollag threshing festival.
(AP) — A Christian rally open to the public will go ahead at Fort Bragg on Saturday, leaders at the post say, despite objections from national groups who say it's a violation of the separation between church and state.
Sen Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania): Mr Chief Justice, colleagues, a great deal has been spoken in the Chamber about separation of powers and tomes have been written on it.
Club Car is recalling 600 Precedent golf cars, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Wednesday, because a fuel tank seam can separate and allow fuel to leak, causing a fire hazard.
Meet charity auctioneer Karen Sorbo, a free spirit who is one of Minnesota's experts at separating the well-to-do from their money.
Separating the facts from fiction.
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In science:

The xaxis shows the degree of non-separability of the model: the left endpoint is a fully separable model, while the right endpoint is a completely non-separable model.
Approximate Separability for Weak Interaction in Dynamic Systems
Let F be a subset of E with i − 1 edges that induces at least i classes, let x, y be vertices separated by E not separated by F , and let e be an edge separating x and y .
Parameterizations of Test Cover with Bounded Test Sizes
For any pair xi,j , xi′ ,j ′ ∈ V (G), if i = i′ then xi,j , xi′ ,j ′ appear in different edges in E ′′ and are separated, if i < i′ they are separated r−1 ⌉ , and if i > i′ they are separated by ei′ ,(r−1)⌈ j′ r−1 ⌉ .
Parameterizations of Test Cover with Bounded Test Sizes
Similar to the previous case, if x and y are separated by one of b, b′ then they are also separated by at least one of b \ b′ , b′ \ b, b ∩ b′ , and if they are separated by one of b \ b′ , b′ \ b, b ∩ b′ then they are also separated by at least one of b, b′ .
Parameterizations of Test Cover with Bounded Test Sizes
This shows that fA \ X and fB \ X are separable if and only if their specializations fA W and fB W are separable in Y , so that, in particular these are not separable.
Separation of Semialgebraic Sets
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