time zone


Definition of time zone

: a geographic region within which the same standard time is used

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Illustration of time zone

time zones in the conterminous United States: A Pacific time, B mountain time, C central time, D eastern time

Examples of time zone in a Sentence

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Apple says the new space can be used to connect with contacts with a tap, show different time zones at once, or see more detailed data related to sports scores, health, fitness, maps, and the like. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple Watch Series 4 sports biggest display yet on Apple’s wearable," 12 Sep. 2018 Do the camera’s coordinates, time zone, and altitude and nearby Wi-Fi networks all corroborate each other? Casey Newton, The Verge, "Four ways the internet changed the midterm elections," 7 Nov. 2018 Niger is actually roughly the same time zone as London. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Miranda July Talks #MeToo, Tech, and Joanie4Jackie," 16 Oct. 2018 Now their careers could be heading to different leagues, time zones, continents and cultures. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "SDSU's Pope headed to Lakers for summer, Kell likely to go overseas," 27 June 2018 The companies were eight time zones and some 6,000 miles apart. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "Curtain Falls on Carlos Ghosn’s Reign Atop Renault," 24 Jan. 2019 Russia is a big country, with eleven consecutive time zones and plenty of room to hide things like nuclear missiles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "New Video Shows Russia's Mobile ICBMs Tackling the Snow," 17 Dec. 2018 This already has become a concern in football, where Pac-12 teams have struggled vs. powerful programs outside their time zones. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Unranked UW men get caught up in Pac-12’s image crisis," 5 Feb. 2019 The city state’s time zone is one hour behind Japan, which processes 6.1% of transactions. Mike Bird, WSJ, "The Twilight Trading Hour Strikes Currency Markets Again," 3 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of time zone

1892, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of time zone was in 1892

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English Language Learners Definition of time zone

: any one of the world's 24 divisions that has its own time

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Kids Definition of time zone

: a geographic region within which the same standard time is used

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