zonal

adjective

zon·​al ˈzō-nᵊl How to pronounce zonal (audio)
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
zonally adverb

Example Sentences

We installed a zonal heating system in the house.
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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of zonal was in 1867

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Cite this Entry

“Zonal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zonal. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

zonal

adjective
zon·​al ˈzōn-ᵊl How to pronounce zonal (audio)
: of, relating to, or having the form of a zone
a zonal boundary

Medical Definition

zonal

adjective
zon·​al ˈzōn-ᵊl How to pronounce zonal (audio)
: of, relating to, affecting, or having the form of a zone
a zonal boundary

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