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.
Sep·a·ra·ting a. Designed or employed to separate.
Separating funnel Chem., a funnel, often globe-shaped, provided with a stopcock for the separate drawing off of immiscible liquids of different specific gravities.