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

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 Longer-term solutions have been proposed: building breakwaters or a new sea wall, resanding the beaches or clearing them to create a buffer zone. Aurelien Breeden, New York Times, "‘Wrath of Coastal Erosion’ Is Devouring a Senegal Fishing Hub," 23 May 2018 The measures were meant to create a buffer zone as part of Egypt’s efforts to purge northeastern Sinai of Islamic militants following the 2014 Islamic State group bombings that left dozens of soldiers dead. Washington Post, "Egypt’s president announces Rafah crossing open for Ramadan," 18 May 2018 The deal required all heavy weaponry and radical militants to be moved by Monday out of the buffer zone, which will be supervised by Russian and Turkish troops. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Extremists Hold Out in Syria as Russia Tries to Avoid More Fighting," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of buffer zone

1908, in the meaning defined above

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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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