buffer zone


Definition of buffer zone

: a neutral area separating conflicting forces broadly : an area designed to separate

Examples of buffer zone in a Sentence

There must be a 500-foot buffer zone between the river and the new buildings.
Recent Examples on the Web Several studies have been done regarding the effectiveness of such buffer zones, with most concluding that proximity restrictions don't seem to have any effect, Lytle said. Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Online, "Sex-offender housing laws raise hitch," 29 Dec. 2019 The solution was to create a buffer zone between the sewer and stream to prevent further contamination. John Benson, cleveland, "Leaking sewage pipe leads to NEORSD Stickney Creek restoration in Brooklyn," 25 Nov. 2019 Old Coyote said that after the 2011 excavation work, his administration insisted on a buffer zone to protect the site from further damage. Washington Post, "Tribe members: Ancient bison kill site desecrated by mining," 9 Nov. 2019 The first is public safety at the wildlife refuge, established in 2007 on the buffer zone of the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant northwest of Denver. Vincent Carroll, The Denver Post, "Carroll: Should you be worried about that Rocky Flats soil sample? Let’s put it in perspective.," 18 Oct. 2019 The Turks hope to achieve two objectives by creating a buffer zone: drive the Kurds away from their border and repatriate a large number of Syrians. Frederik Pleitgen, CNN, "Six key questions about the US pull-back in Syria," 7 Oct. 2019 During the Jackson debate, council members said limiting noise and creating a buffer zone is an attempt to help patients and local businesses rather than to help the clinic. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Suit challenges speech rules at Mississippi abortion clinic," 14 Oct. 2019 Erdogan seemed to have rejected a joint U.S.-Turkish plan, already being carried out, to create a buffer zone on the Syrian side of the border to address Turkey's security concerns. Fox News, "French officials criticize US over announced military pullback in Syria," 9 Oct. 2019 The country's military has already moved in portions of areas previously held by SDF, but now their longtime plan to create a buffer zone in northern Syria is underway. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Who are the Kurds and why are they under attack?," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of buffer zone

1908, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jan 2020

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“Buffer zone.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buffer%20zone. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of buffer zone

: an area that keeps two things separated

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Legal Definition of buffer zone

: an area designed to separate: as
a : an area with certain boundaries beyond which protestors may not pass
b : an area separating land used for different purposes a buffer zone between the development and the park

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