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 roughly 16,000-acre site, which includes a huge buffer zone, is jointly operated by a contractor and Sandia National Laboratory on land owned by the energy department and Texas Tech University, according to Texas Health and Human Services. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, 29 Feb. 2024 Netanyahu recently declared himself in favor of Israeli security control for an indefinite period, either through direct reoccupation or deployment within a buffer zone and along the periphery. Joost Hiltermann, Foreign Affairs, 22 Nov. 2023 Hezbollah would do well to understand that no Israeli government, let alone the most right-wing in the country’s history, can accept what Nasrallah boasted about in his speech as a de facto buffer zone that his group created within Israeli territory. Firas Maksad, TIME, 22 June 2024 Firefighters conducted a burn operation in an area about half a mile north of Goldfield Ranch to create a buffer zone to protect the community, said Brad Widhalm, a public affairs officer for the Tonto National Forest. Daniel Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 3 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for buffer zone 

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 24 Jul. 2024.

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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