drop zone


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Designate a shoe drop zone. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Dec. 2020 On Sunday, the crew tried to drop medical supplies to the mountaineers to tide them over until medics could arrive, but that mission was unsuccessful due to poor visibility and 60 mph winds that blocked the plane from guiding supplies to the drop zone, Aspelund said. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 2 June 2021 Next, focus on the nightstand or bedside table, which can easily become a drop zone for random items like books, hair ties and half-empty water glasses. Christina Sturdivant Sani, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Jan. 2023 There’s even a dedicated mudroom outfitted with gorgeous dark millwork that is the perfect drop zone for coats, boots, and other snowy or muddy gear during those snowy Missouri winters. Lauren Phillips, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Dec. 2022 The rover will drop the tubes in an intricate zigzag layout, allowing for enough space around each drop zone to make sure the helicopters can pick them up if necessary. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 16 Dec. 2022 Even worse, with the rise of open floor plans, that drop zone might also be in the middle of your living room. Maggie Gillette, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Jan. 2023 For a drop zone adjacent to a blue-and-white kitchen in Beverly Hills, Mark D. Sikes kept the theme going with preppy striped wallpaper. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 13 Jan. 2023 As the competition hots up, its cluster of rivals seems set to range from Getafe and Valencia in the drop zone to Mallorca in the middle. Henry Flynn, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drop zone was circa 1943

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“Drop zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drop%20zone. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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