neutral zone

noun

plural neutral zones
1
American football : a space between the two lines of scrimmage equivalent to the length of the ball that may not be encroached upon by either team until the ball is put in play
2
ice hockey : the portion of a rink (see rink sense 1a) between the attacking and defensive zones
3
: a zone or area of shared ownership or administration
In fact, the Saudis and Kuwaitis aid the Iraqis … by selling Iraqi oil from the neutral zone, a favor that pumps more than $3 million a day into Iraqi coffers.Newsweek

Examples of neutral zone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Joel Eriksson Ek forced a neutral zone turnover and passed to Kaprizov at the blue line. John Shipley, Twin Cities, 16 Apr. 2024 Cats have a high thermal neutral zone — the temperature at which the body doesn’t need to spend energy to heat up or cool down. Colleen Grablick, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2024 Early in the third period, a neutral zone turnover by the Pride resulted in an unassisted goal by Sidney Morin, giving the Whitecaps a two-goal cushion. Kat Cornetta, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Mar. 2023 But on fourth down, Warren Saba was flagged for a neutral zone infraction, giving Pittsburgh a fresh set of downs. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 25 June 2023 In Week 4, Dallas was flagged just four times for 20 yards — two false starts, one neutral zone infraction and a defensive holding — compared with the Commanders’ 11 penalties for 136 yards. Dallas News, 16 Dec. 2022 Pushes the play forward in neutral zone. Kyle Woodlief, USA TODAY, 7 July 2022 That neutral zone’s going to be clogged. Stephen Whyno, The Denver Post, 27 May 2020 There is a neutral zone that is much easier to attain. Joanna Dutra, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of neutral zone was in 1838

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“Neutral zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neutral%20zone. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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