drop zone


Definition of drop zone

: the area in which troops, supplies, or equipment are to be air-dropped also : the target on which a skydiver lands

Examples of drop zone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Randy Smith, a first officer with Alaska Airlines and friend of Caldwell’s, has been volunteering to work the drop zone for two years. Emily Mesner, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Oct. 2021 Cooper had been warned about the dangers of flying over the area near the drop zone, where Sandinista troops, possibly armed with anti-aircraft missiles, had been sighted, said Gamelin. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Oct. 2021 Krafft and Spindler interposed their motley bands to extraordinary effect between the First Airborne’s drop zone and the bridge at Arnhem. Max Hastings, The New York Review of Books, 28 May 2020 Over the drop zone, the cargo capsule would separate and slowly descend onto an austere landing zone. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 4 June 2021 Soon, the space above the drop zone was filled with dozens of round canopies silhouetted against the overcast sky. Luke Sharrett, NBC News, 27 Apr. 2021 The crowd applauded as the jumpers finished their descent and landed in the grassy drop zone. Luke Sharrett, NBC News, 27 Apr. 2021 Gathering up their chutes, each jumper walked off the drop zone to pay their respects to Martin and his fellow Screaming Eagles, as the 101st Airborne is known. Luke Sharrett, NBC News, 27 Apr. 2021 There have been 20 deaths at the drop zone since the 1980s. CBS News, 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of drop zone

circa 1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Drop zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drop%20zone. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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