Meaning of SEPARATION in English

SEPARATION

sep ‧ a ‧ ra ‧ tion /ˌsepəˈreɪʃ ə n/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ separation , ↑ separates , ↑ separatist , ↑ separatism , ↑ separator , inseperability; adjective : ↑ separable ≠ ↑ inseparable , ↑ separate , ↑ separated ; adverb : ↑ inseparably , ↑ separately ; verb : ↑ separate ]

1 . [uncountable] when something separates or is separate:

the separation of church and state

separation between

the zone of separation between the warring factions

2 . [uncountable and countable] a period of time that two or more people spend apart from each other:

the separation of families during wartime

3 . [countable] a situation in which a husband and wife agree to live apart even though they are still married:

their separation and later divorce

⇨ ↑ divorce 1 (1)

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.