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 Flying in a war zone and flying over Wisconsin, while technically the same, is a different experience, Fry said. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'It's a great tribute': F-16 flyovers pay tribute to health care workers battling coronavirus in Wisconsin," 12 May 2020 Like refugees in a war zone, Rotnei Clarke’s family had a few hours to flee Italy’s COVID-19 outbreak. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Ex-Butler guard Rotnei Clarke makes dramatic escape from Italy's coronavirus pandemic," 23 Mar. 2020 Among the more than 1,500 Wisconsinites missing in war zones are men who never came home from Buna, New Guinea. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "More than 1,500 Wisconsinites are missing in war zones around the world. This bill would fund the search for those MIAs.," 10 Sep. 2019 Logisticians, accustomed to moving tanks into war zones, are helping to get biscuits to pensioners. The Economist, "British soldiers struggle to maintain social distance," 4 Apr. 2020 The Defense Logistics Agency’s Troop Support unit manages the Pentagon’s stockpile of the green nylon, 94-inch by 38-inch body bags that are typically distributed to war zones. Defne Gencler, Fortune, "Pentagon Seeking 100,000 Body Bags for Civilians in Coronavirus Crisis," 1 Apr. 2020 Though the emergency medicine physician had set up a living will and power of attorney before her seven-month deployment with a shock and trauma team, entering a war zone crystallized the dangers of her job. Anchorage Daily News, "As they rush to save lives, health care workers are updating their own wills and funeral plans," 27 Mar. 2020 A Level 4 advisory is the State Department's highest advisory level, usually reserved for war zones and countries experiencing a natural disaster or severe unrest. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Americans Abroad, the Level 4 Travel Advisory Could Impact Insurance," 27 Mar. 2020 Some of the stories are interesting, such as Harris' tale of suffering an on-air panic attack after becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol as a result of his experiences covering war zones. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Mindfulness Movement': Film Review," 26 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of war zone

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“War zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20zone. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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