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 The new regulations require that developers establish buffer zone at least 10 feet wide around all warehouse projects greater than 50,000 square feet. Tony Briscoestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 This includes a land buyback program to create a buffer zone between the chimp’s habitat and the adjacent villages, a women-run coffee cooperative, a wetlands restoration project, and the construction of a community center in a local village. Christine Chitnis, ELLE, 24 May 2022 To encourage Amare to spend more time with his fellow apes, zoo officials installed temporary stanchions in front of the habitat’s viewing window, creating a buffer zone between Amare and the temptation of human visitors’ phones. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, 14 Apr. 2022 Where possible, add a three-foot buffer zone between vehicles and bikes using two solid white lines with diagonal hatching, or even plastic or concrete vertical barriers. New York Times, 2 Mar. 2022 Not so long ago, Russian diplomacy aimed to revise European security architecture to make Ukraine look more like the Finnish example of a buffer zone between East and West. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 May 2022 Horizon Worlds added its own default four-foot buffer zone around users' avatars in February, about three months after the app launched. Rachel Metz, CNN, 5 May 2022 The company was determined to have indisputable control of the site of its new theme park along with room for expansion and a large buffer zone. Michael Hiltzikbusiness Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2022 Last week, the Bureau of Reclamation warned Lake Powell may be just days away from dropping within a buffer zone for generating hydroelectricity. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of buffer zone

1908, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jun 2022

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“Buffer zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buffer%20zone. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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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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