from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of sequestering; segregation.
  • n. Law Seizure of property.
  • n. Law A writ authorizing seizure of property.
  • n. Chemistry The inhibition or prevention of normal ion behavior by combination with added materials, especially the prevention of metallic ion precipitation from solution by formation of a coordination compound with a phosphate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process or act of sequestering.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. The act of separating, or setting aside, a thing in controversy from the possession of both the parties that contend for it, to be delivered to the one adjudged entitled to it. It may be voluntary or involuntary.
  • n. A prerogative process empowering certain commissioners to take and hold a defendant's property and receive the rents and profits thereof, until he clears himself of a contempt or performs a decree of the court.
  • n. A kind of execution for a rent, as in the case of a beneficed clerk, of the profits of a benefice, till he shall have satisfied some debt established by decree; the gathering up of the fruits of a benefice during a vacancy, for the use of the next incumbent; the disposing of the goods, by the ordinary, of one who is dead, whose estate no man will meddle with.
  • n. The seizure of the property of an individual for the use of the state; particularly applied to the seizure, by a belligerent power, of debts due from its subjects to the enemy.
  • n. The state of being separated or set aside; separation; retirement; seclusion from society.
  • n. Disunion; disjunction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of sequestering, or the state of being sequestered or set aside; separation; retirement; seclusion from society.
  • n. Disunion; disjunction; division; rupture.
  • n. In law:
  • n. The separation of a thing in controversy from the possession of those who contend for it.
  • n. The setting apart of the goods and chattels of a deceased person to whom no one was willing to take out administration.
  • n. A writ directed by the Court of Chancery to commissioners or to the sheriff, commanding them or him to enter the lands and seize the goods of the person against whom it is directed.
  • n. The act of taking property from the owner for a time till the rents, issues, and profits satisfy a demand; especially, in ecclesiastical practice, a species of execution for debt in the case of a beneficed clergyman, issued by the bishop of the diocese on the receipt of a writ to that effect, under which the profits of the benefice are paid over to the creditor until his claim is satisfied.
  • n. The gathering of the fruits of a vacant benefice for the use of the next incumbent.
  • n. The seizure of the property of an individual for the use of the state: particularly applied to the seizure by a belligerent power of debts due by its subjects to the enemy.
  • n. The seizing of the estate of an insolvent or a bankrupt, by decree of a competent court, for behoof of the creditors.
  • n. The formation of a sequestrum; the separation of a dead piece of bone (or cartilage) from the living bone (or cartilage) about it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the action of forming a chelate or other stable compound with an ion or atom or molecule so that it is no longer available for reactions
  • n. the act of segregating or sequestering
  • n. a writ that authorizes the seizure of property
  • n. seizing property that belongs to someone else and holding it until profits pay the demand for which it was seized


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  • And the sequestration is already happening exactly as he predicted.

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  • As far as I can tell, carbon capture and sequestration is a political bribe targeted towards fossil fuel power producers (such as coal states).

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  • The one element I disagree with, carbon capture and sequestration, is only because I think funding should be staggered so as to not flood the scientists with more money than they can usefully use at the moment.

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  • In addition, in sequestration I can see ample opportunity for unintended consequences, and not the good kinds.

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  • But carbon sequestration is subject to the same free rider effects as are most forms of reducing CO2 intensity once you get below the low-hanging fruit: it still costs more money to sequester than to just let the CO2 out the stack.

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  • Also presents a version of the graph showing cost of intervention against emissions reduction, point out that sequestration is the most expensive choice of all.

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  • Carbon dioxide can also be injected into oil and gas reservoirs that are completely depleted, which would serve the purpose of long-term sequestration, but without any offsetting benefit from oil and gas production.

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  • The permanence of sequestration is subject to some debate.

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  • Long term sequestration only happens when currently barren or low-vegetation areas are replaced by say large trees, but that is a one-off effect once the land has been taken up.

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  • The short term sequestration processes of the carbon cycle can easily adapt to sequester the anthropogenic emission in each year, and the adjustment by other parts of the carbon cycle to the new equilibrium is not affected by this sequestration.

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