line of demarcation

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line of demarcation

A line defining the boundary of a buffer zone or area of limitation. A line of demarcation may also be used to define the forward limits of disputing or belligerent forces after each phase of disengagement or withdrawal has been completed. See also area of limitation; buffer zone; disengagement; peace operations.
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Even the notes for enumerators in 1881 accepted that "no accurate line of demarkation can be dr awn between these terms".