Sep·a·rate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Separated p. pr. & vb. n. Separating.]
1. To disunite; to divide; to disconnect; to sever; to part in any manner.
From the fine gold I separate the alloy. --Dryden.
Separate thyself, I pray thee, from me. --Gen. xiii. 9.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? --Rom. viii. 35.
2. To come between; to keep apart by occupying the space between; to lie between; as, the Mediterranean Sea separates Europe and Africa.
3. To set apart; to select from among others, as for a special use or service.
Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called thaem. --Acts xiii. 2.
Separated flowers Bot., flowers which have stamens and pistils in separate flowers; diclinous flowers.
adj 1: being or feeling set or kept apart from others; "she felt
detached from the group"; "could not remain the
isolated figure he had been"- Sherwood Anderson;
"thought of herself as alone and separated from the
others"; "had a set-apart feeling" [syn: detached, isolated,
2: spaced apart [syn: spaced]
3: not living together as man and wife; "decided to live
apart"; "maintaining separate households"; "they are
separated" [syn: apart(p), separate]
4: separated at the joint; "a dislocated knee"; "a separated
shoulder" [syn: disjointed, dislocated]
5: no longer connected or joined; "a detached part"; "on one
side of the island was a hugh rock, almost detached"; "the
separated spacecraft will return to their home bases"