time zone


Definition of time zone 

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

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

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Colombia, Medellin in particular, is rapidly becoming a hub because of a favorable currency exchange, affordable health care, springlike weather and a time zone that makes working with American clients easier than in some other parts of the world. Mike Plunkett, chicagotribune.com, "For digital nomads, work is where the laptop is," 9 July 2018 Obviously, playing on the West Coast is always a challenge — a different time zone and everything like that, and the competition typically is very good out there. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando Magic have momentum heading into West Coast trip," 4 Mar. 2018 The 2014 tournament was in Brazil, a much more convenient time zone for U.S. viewers than this year’s venue, Russia. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "Fox Losing Money on World Cup Without U.S. Team," 11 July 2018 On broadcast rights income for FIFA, Morocco stresses its sweet spot in a time zone that’s good for European and African viewers. Graham Dunbar And Rob Harris, BostonGlobe.com, "Will North America get the 2026 World Cup? We’ll soon find out," 13 June 2018 What country, whose leader addressed the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, has more time zones than any other nation? 8. CNN, "CNN 10 - April 27, 2018," 26 Apr. 2018 Students around the country will be walking out for National Walkout Day at 10 a.m. in all time zones, before returning to school for the rest of the day. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "These High School Students Formed a Heart on Their Football Field During Walkout Day," 14 Mar. 2018 The event begins at 12 p.m. GMT — that’s 4 a.m. Pacific — on Saturday, but television coverage will begin much earlier that day, or Friday night, depending on your time zone. Nardine Saad, latimes.com, "What time is the royal wedding? Everything you need to know about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day," 18 May 2018 Also North Korean state media said Friday that the North has readjusted its time zone to match South Korea’s, the Associated Press reported. Choe Sang-hun And Motoko Rich, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says troop removal not part of Korean talks," 4 May 2018

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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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