Definition of dividing line in US English:

dividing line

noun

  • 1The boundary between two areas.

    ‘the dividing line between eastern and western zones’
    • ‘This strategic waterway is just 1,300m at its narrowest and marks the dividing line between Europe and Asia.’
    • ‘This is the dividing line between Cabbagetown East and West.’
    • ‘Yet even the rest of the Israeli crowd, which seemed homogeneous at first, were separated along clear dividing lines.’
    • ‘For most of this time, the dividing line was the great Dnipr river.’
    • ‘I kept envisioning the streets, the fields that slanted upwards with the little dividing lines of trees running in order to separate properties.’
    • ‘The couple's first piece of furniture, a primitive farm table, is the dividing line between the kitchen and sitting area.’
    • ‘There is the danger that the dividing line between East and West could stay exactly where it is at present - between the former communist countries and their wealthy Western neighbours.’
    • ‘For millenniums, the frontier between these two countries has been the dividing line between contending empires - and so it is again.’
    • ‘We identified individuals according to the distinct scale patterns, particularly the dividing line between dark and light scales on the carapace and hind legs.’
    • ‘It was so undesirable that residents of the tony Back Bay area built a fence along the dividing line between the two neighborhoods.’
    • ‘Hsiluo, conventionally seen as the dividing line between northern and southern Taiwan, has long been a hub for travelers.’
    • ‘Tour de Ville, our city's revolving restaurant, sits atop the Delta Hotel on the dividing line between downtown and Old Montreal.’
    boundary, boundary line, limit, border, borderline, bound, bounding line, frontier, partition, demarcation line, end point, cut-off point, termination, edge, pale, margin, perimeter, periphery, rim, extremity, fringe, threshold
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    1. 1.1 A distinction or set of distinctions marking the difference between two related things.
      ‘the dividing line between drama and reality’
      • ‘The old line, the heretofore uncompromising line, the dividing line between matter and spirit has suddenly blurred.’
      • ‘It's always worrying when the dividing line between TV and reality begins to blur.’
      • ‘Many do not realise that the dividing line between ‘experience’ and ‘bias’ is thin and often blurred.’
      • ‘‘The First World War is really the dividing line between the modern world and what came before,’ he said.’
      • ‘But the dividing line between their beliefs and the grotesquely distorted ideals of National Socialism was a very fine one.’
      • ‘The imposition of order necessarily creates boundaries and dividing lines - the very places where the most interesting discussions occur.’
      • ‘The fact is, the dividing line between far left and far right is getting blurrier all the time.’
      • ‘The dividing line between our parties seems to be blurred if not erased altogether.’
      • ‘For example, the dividing line between the Baby Boom and Gen X is 1964, the first year that the number of births fell below 4 million in the 1960s.’
      • ‘The dividing line between celluloid fantasy and the bountifully adorned starlets making their acceptance speeches gets blurred.’
      • ‘She believes she has blurred the dividing line between male and female by being able to do everything that a male cadre could.’
      • ‘Where, then, is the dividing line between human and non-human: worthy and not worthy?’
      • ‘I am fascinated at the dividing line between what costs money and what doesn't, and what has value to whom.’
      • ‘But it is better to abstain because the dividing line between benefits and harm is too blurred.’
      • ‘The dividing line between aggression and a wrong decision, it seems, is thin.’
      • ‘The dividing line between non governmental organisations and business schemes is becoming increasingly blurred.’
      • ‘In some respects, the dividing line between genetic and cultural evolution is not very important.’
      • ‘At one time, it was difficult to determine the dividing line between a PG - 13 and R movie; now, it's impossible.’
      • ‘Views will differ as to where the dividing line should be drawn.’
      • ‘He couldn't see the dividing line between party and state.’
      difference, contrast, dissimilarity, dissimilitude, divergence, variance, variation
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Pronunciation

dividing line

/dəˈvīdiNG līn//dəˈvaɪdɪŋ laɪn/