buffer zone

noun

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.

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Russia and Turkey reached an agreement in September to create a demilitarized buffer zone in Idlib to forestall a Syrian regime offensive to recapture the northwest province. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Syrian, Russian Airstrikes Target Rebels in Last Stronghold," 14 Mar. 2019 At the summit in Pyongyang, the Koreas also agreed to create buffer zones along their land and sea boundaries, as well as a no-fly zone above the border, and remove 11 front-line guard posts by December. Kim Tong-hyung, The Seattle Times, "Koreas, US-led UN Command discuss disarming border area," 16 Oct. 2018 South Korea’s Defense Ministry said the agreement wouldn’t hurt Seoul’s preparedness because most military exercises involve battalion-sized units outside the three-mile buffer zone. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "In Korea, World’s Scariest Border to Become Less Scary," 21 Sep. 2018 Turkey is seeking to create a buffer zone that would push back from its border Kurdish fighters that Ankara views as terrorists. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "U.S. to Revise Military Strategy for Exiting Syria," 22 Feb. 2019 Some Turkish officials have said Turkey should extend military interventions along its entire 500-mile border with Syria to protect itself with a 20-mile buffer zone. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Turkey Will Target U.S.-Backed Syrian Kurds Within Days," 12 Dec. 2018 The Indian navy now enforces a buffer zone to keep people away. Kai Schultz, The Seattle Times, "Washington state man is killed by bow and arrow on remote island in India," 21 Nov. 2018 Russia and Turkey reached an agreement last week for a buffer zone and cease fire around Idlib. Fox News, "The Latest: France wants UN backing for Syria accord," 24 Sep. 2018 In 1914, industry groups and government regulators got together and came up with a set of rules, including that power lines had to go at the top of utility poles and that there be a buffer zone of at least 40 inches beneath them. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Ever noticed chunks of trees on utility pole wires? What’s up with that?," 2 July 2018

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1908, in the meaning defined above

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buffer zone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of buffer zone

: an area that keeps two things separated

buffer zone

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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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