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 Max Deitchler, Washington County election commissioner, said not allowing signs hasn't typically prevented candidates from speaking to voters outside the 100-foot buffer zone or kept anyone from collecting signatures on petitions, for example. Tom Sissom, Arkansas Online, "Election officials say campaign sign bill flawed," 4 Mar. 2021 And, if so, teams would have removed the buffer zone between fans and players, required under the league’s current health and safety protocols. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "Tone is set for MLB and players’ union CBA negotiations, and it isn’t amicable," 25 Mar. 2021 Lukashenko has kept power with the financial and diplomatic backing of Russia which, according to western diplomats, sees Belarus as a buffer zone against NATO. NBC News, "Dozens detained as Belarus marks 'Freedom Day' with new protests," 25 Mar. 2021 But in 2019, East Africa outfitter Volcanoes Safaris secured a two-mile-long swath of land to create a buffer zone between the gorge and the adjacent villages. Gina Decaprio Vercesi, Travel + Leisure, "Deep in Uganda's Kyambura Gorge, An Endangered Group of Chimpanzees Has Survived Against All Odds," 20 Mar. 2021 The Sahel region, a semi-arid belt that acts as a buffer zone just south of the desert, is most affected. Nell Lewis, CNN, "A 5,000-mile living wall could hold back the world's largest desert," 17 Mar. 2021 During debate about the ordinance last year, Jackson council members said limiting noise and creating a buffer zone was an attempt to help patients and local businesses rather than to help the clinic. Emily Wagster Pettus, Star Tribune, "City repeals noise rule on only Mississippi abortion clinic," 18 Nov. 2020 Alarmed, the European Union has mandated the creation of a buffer zone just north of the Pugliese town of Lecce, essentially writing off everything south of a line that extends between the Ionian and Adriatic seas as a dead zone. Barbie Latza Nadeau, Scientific American, "Should Italy's Prized Olive Groves Be Burned to the Ground?," 24 June 2015 There is also a button to adjust the buffer zone between you and the car ahead. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Are you ready for hands-free driving?," 11 Feb. 2021

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Buffer zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buffer%20zone. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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