zon·​al | \ ˈzō-nᵊl How to pronounce zonal (audio) \

Definition of zonal

1 : of, relating to, affecting, or having the form of a zone a zonal boundary
2 : of, relating to, or being a soil or a major soil group marked by well-developed characteristics that are determined primarily by the action of climate and organisms (such as vegetation) — compare azonal, intrazonal

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Other Words from zonal

zonally \ ˈzō-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce zonally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of zonal in a Sentence

We installed a zonal heating system in the house.
Recent Examples on the Web At 18, Fawazz Akhtar is a zonal councilman and youth coordinator at Masjid Aqsa. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Ramadan this year a different experience for Katy Muslims," 15 May 2020 In 1997, the National Council of Elders suspended all campus activities and moved exclusively to a zonal structure, in part to avoid being associated with the growing violence at universities. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 2019 While exciting on its own, Baldwin’s overhaul of the zonal classification system is also likely to pave the way for more accurate follow-up science—in particular, research concerning the effects of temperature on the migratory movements of fishes. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "How a Team of Submersible-Bound Scientists Redefined Reef Ecosystems," 28 Mar. 2018 Cut to the chase Taking cuttings from herbs, zonal geraniums or tropical houseplants will quickly and easily increase your plant kingdom. Colleen Smith, The Denver Post, "Pros offer tips for starting your own seeds to save time and money in the garden," 28 Apr. 2017 A total of 100 refugees died in two of Bidi Bidi’s five zonal areas between December and May, according to the aid group International Rescue Committee. Rodney Muhumuza, The Seattle Times, "South Sudanese refugees grapple with honoring their dead," 24 June 2017 Dr. Shepherd and Dr. Cho zeroed in on four kinds of zonal waves using images taken from a satellite deployed in the 1990s to measure airglow and other features of the atmosphere. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Waves Above the Earth May Have Once Caused a ‘Nocturnal Sun’," 23 June 2017 Zonal annual geraniums (Pelargonium) are one of the easiest plants to clone with stem cuttings. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "Punch List: The third week in June is about time to harvest garlic in the Colorado garden," 7 Apr. 2017 These waves, called zonal waves, are influenced by severe weather on Earth’s surface and travel around the upper atmosphere. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Waves Above the Earth May Have Once Caused a ‘Nocturnal Sun’," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of zonal

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for zonal

zone entry 1 + -al entry 1

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The first known use of zonal was in 1867

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“Zonal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zonal. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce zonal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of zonal

: relating to or having different areas : divided into zones


zon·​al | \ ˈzōn-ᵊl How to pronounce zonal (audio) \

Medical Definition of zonal

: of, relating to, affecting, or having the form of a zone a zonal boundary

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