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 In preparation for an influx of people from Gaza, senior officials say Egypt has set up additional security cordons for an existing buffer zone by the border. WSJ, 26 Oct. 2023 The Times of Israel speculated that the statement indicates that Israel will move to create a buffer zone within Gaza to prevent attacks against Israeli border villages, such as the brutal attack by Hamas earlier this month. Brady Knox, Washington Examiner, 18 Oct. 2023 About 370 acres of trees were felled to create a buffer zone between the fire and city. Vjosa Isai, New York Times, 19 Aug. 2023 One Ukrainian soldier stepped on a mine and tumbled onto the grass in the buffer zone between the two armies. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 16 July 2023 Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit temporarily blocked a Kentucky county 10-foot buffer zone law, citing that 2014 decision. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, 23 July 2023 Other challenges to buffer zone laws are ongoing in the lower court, including a dispute over a 20-foot buffer zone adopted by Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, 23 July 2023 Under a deal between the belligerents – North Korea and China on one side, the collection of western allies on the other known as the United Nations Command – the Korean peninsula was roughly cut in half and a buffer zone created between the two. Haley Britzky, CNN, 18 July 2023 Freeland reemphasized that those living in the Chaco Canyon area have been ignored, and for the past six years Congress has considered multiple proposals to create a buffer zone around the historical park at the additional request of the All Pueblo Council of Governors. Arlyssa D. Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 7 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of buffer zone was in 1908

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“Buffer zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buffer%20zone. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition

buffer zone

: an area designed to separate: as
: an area with certain boundaries beyond which protestors may not pass
: an area separating land used for different purposes
a buffer zone between the development and the park
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