war zone


Definition of war zone

1 : a zone in which belligerents are waging war broadly : an area marked by extreme violence
2 : a designated area especially on the high seas within which rights of neutrals are not respected by a belligerent nation in time of war

Examples of war zone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The international body worked with local war zone organizations to encourage a diverse pool of people to take part. Washington Post, "The United Nations is turning to artificial intelligence in search for peace in war zones," 23 Apr. 2021 His mother served in the Army in the Gulf War, delivering tanks in the war zone on flatbed trailers. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, "`Misunderstood' and hoping to shed toxic image, Brockhouse rides again in San Antonio mayoral contest," 4 Apr. 2021 And the place went from looking like a war zone to a house again. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, "For Alabama meteorologist James Spann, a light after the storm," 29 Mar. 2021 The area has at times felt like a war zone, with uniformed military members manning checkpoints. Philip Elliott, Time, "The Security Perimeter Around the Capitol Starts to Recede — and Washington Feels a Little More Normal," 25 Mar. 2021 As others rushed to defend the line, Hatfield’s mentions turned into a digital war zone. Washington Post, "How a ‘WandaVision’ viral tweet explains the passion of Marvel fans — and haters," 5 Mar. 2021 Koskas was dismayed but accepted the inevitable, as did the three other mothers in the title, until two army helicopters en route to the war zone collided, killing 73 soldiers. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "In Focus: This year’s Boston Israeli Film Festival looks at war and peace," 4 Mar. 2021 Rimlawi’s father, Bassem Rimlawi, testified during that sentencing hearing, saying his family lived in a war zone before leaving Lebanon for the U.S. in 1983. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Elite Dallas spine surgeons get prison time for role in Forest Park hospital kickback scheme," 18 Mar. 2021 Arriving in a war zone, not one of those women imagined the impact their work would have — and not just because of their gender in what was considered a man’s world. Washington Post, "Three female journalists who braved the chaos of Vietnam," 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of war zone

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 May 2021

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“War zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20zone. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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