a) The act of marking off a boundary or setting a limit, notably by belligerents signing a treaty or ceasefire.

There is an alleged, in fact somewhat artificial demarcation in the type of work done by members of different trade unions.

b) A limit thus fixed, in full demarcation line.
See Also: demarcation line, demark

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