Definition of dividing line in English:

dividing line


  • 1The boundary between two areas.

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

/dəˈvīdiNG līn/