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 Outside of the buffer zone, the Golan Heights still bears traces of its violent past. Anna Fletcher, CNN, "Wildlife is flourishing in these demilitarized zones," 25 Nov. 2019 As a result, Mr. Erdogan sought to create a buffer zone along the entire length of the Turkish-Syrian border, roughly 20 miles deep, to keep Kurdish fighters from getting within mortar range of Turkey. New York Times, "Putin and Erdogan Announce Plan for Northeast Syria, Bolstering Russian Influence," 21 Oct. 2019 Turkey’s goal is to create a buffer zone along its border with Syria. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Chaos in Syria: ISIS Detainees Escape as the U.S. Pulls Out," 13 Oct. 2019 In response, the Jackson City Council voted 3-1 Tuesday to enact a local law limiting amplified sound outside health care facilities and creating buffer zones to move protesters further from the entrances. Washington Post, "Mississippi city tries to limit noise near abortion clinic," 3 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of buffer zone

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of buffer zone was in 1908

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14 Feb 2020

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“Buffer zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buffer%20zone. Accessed 27 Feb. 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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