Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

zone

play
noun \ˈzōn\

Simple Definition of zone

  • : an area that is different from other areas in a particular way

  • : one of the sections in a city or town that is used for a particular purpose

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of zone

  1. 1 a :  any of five great divisions of the earth's surface with respect to latitude and temperature — compare frigid zone, temperate zone, torrid zone b :  a portion of the surface of a sphere included between two parallel planes

  2. 2 archaic :  girdle, belt

  3. 3 a :  an encircling anatomical structure b (1) :  a subdivision of a biogeographic region that supports a similar fauna and flora throughout its extent (2) :  such a zone dominated by a particular life form c :  a distinctive belt, layer, or series of layers of earth materials (as rock)

  4. 4 :  a region or area set off as distinct from surrounding or adjoining parts

  5. 5 :  one of the sections of an area or territory created for a particular purpose: as a :  a zoned section of a city b (1) :  any of the eight concentric bands of territory centered on a given postal shipment point designated as a distance bracket for United States parcel post to which mail is charged at a single rate (2) :  a distance within which the same fare is charged by a common carrier c :  an area on a field of play d :  a stretch of roadway or a space in which certain traffic regulations are in force

  6. 6 :  zone defense

  7. 7 :  a temporary state of heightened concentration experienced by a performing athlete that enables peak performance <players in the zone>

Examples of zone in a sentence

  1. <at that point we were out of the danger zone for avalanches>



Origin and Etymology of zone

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin zona belt, zone, from Greek zōnē; akin to Lithuanian juosti to gird


First Known Use: 15th century


2

zone

verb

Simple Definition of zone

  • : to officially say that (a section in a city, town, etc.) can be used for a particular purpose (such as business or housing)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of zone

zoned

zoning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to surround with a zone :  encircle

  3. 2 :  to arrange in or mark off into zones; specifically :  to partition (a city, borough, or township) by ordinance into sections reserved for different purposes (as residence or business)

zoner

noun

Examples of zone in a sentence

  1. The town council voted to zone the area for industrial use.



1782

First Known Use of zone

1782


3

zone

adjective

Definition of zone

  1. 1 :  zonal 1

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or occurring in a zone defense <a zone press> <a zone blitz>



1795

First Known Use of zone

1795



ZONE Defined for Kids

1

zone

play
noun \ˈzōn\

Definition of zone for Students

  1. 1 :  a region or area set off or characterized as different from surrounding or neighboring parts <The United States is located in one of earth's temperate zones.>

  2. 2 :  one of the sections of an area created for or serving a particular use or purpose <a town's business zone>




2

zone

play
verb

Definition of zone for Students

zoned

zoning

  1. :  to divide into sections for different uses or purposes <This area is zoned for residential use.>




Medical Dictionary

zone

play
noun \ˈzōn\

Medical Definition of zone

  1. 1:  an encircling anatomical structure

  2. 2:  a region or area set off as distinct




Law Dictionary

1

zone

noun

Legal Definition of zone

  1. :  a specifically designated section of a larger area or territory: as a :  a section of a municipality controlled by specific restrictions on permitted use (as for residences or agriculture) b :  a distance within which the same fare is charged by a common carrier c :  a stretch of roadway or a space within which certain traffic regulations are in force




2

zone

transitive verb

Legal Definition of zone

zoned

zoning

  1. 1a :  to partition (as a city or town) by ordinance into sections reserved for different purposes (as residence or business) b :  to designate the permitted use of (property) by placement in a municipal zone <land zoned for agricultural use>

  2. 2 :  to restrict different kinds of (use) to different areas <the power to zone land use within its borders>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up zone? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a very small amount

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alphabet-pasta-spelling-help

Which is the correct spelling?

accommodate acommadate acommodate accomodate
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ