temperate zone

noun, often capitalized T&Z

Definition of temperate zone

: the area or region between the Tropic of Cancer and the arctic circle or between the Tropic of Capricorn and the antarctic circle

Examples of temperate zone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s because storms in the midlatitudes – a temperate zone north of the tropics that includes the entire continental U.S. – draw their energy from large temperature contrasts. Esther Mullens, The Conversation, 27 Jan. 2022 Most temperate zone birds begin their migrations because of the change in the length of daylight. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 10 Sep. 2020 Both worlds orbit a bit too close to their sun for water to likely exist on their surfaces, but the team also noticed a tentative sign—a single jiggle—of a potential planet making a 50-day orbit in the star’s temperate zone. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, 26 June 2020 In the temperate zones of the world, other respiratory pathogens, and even other coronaviruses, lose their power as temperatures and humidity rise. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, 4 May 2020 Much of the region isn’t tropical, but most of the temperate zones in the Northern Hemisphere have mild winters, and in many places spring is already arriving. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2020 Those temperate zones also host more earthworms overall, according to the model, with up to 150 per square meter versus just five per square meter in the tropics. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 24 Oct. 2019 The infection is now known to occur worldwide, primarily in the northern temperate zones. Allen Steere, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Aug. 2019 In the temperate zones, weather systems generally move from west to east. Randall Munroe, New York Times, 13 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of temperate zone

1551, in the meaning defined above

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“Temperate zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temperate%20zone. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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