noun Date: 14th century 1. the act or process of separating ; the state of being separated 2. a. a point, line, or means of division b. an intervening space ; gap <
the separation between wheel spokes
3. a. cessation of cohabitation between a married couple by mutual agreement or judicial decree b. termination of a contractual relationship (as employment or military service)

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