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 zonal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of zonal in a Sentence

We installed a zonal heating system in the house.
Recent Examples on the Web The meteorologist said a zonal flow aloft weather pattern, in which winds blow from the Pacific Ocean across the United States and off the Eastern Seaboard, would help mitigate the smoke in the area. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, 21 July 2021 Sean Hogan delights in offering the unusual and pushing the zonal envelope. oregonlive, 8 July 2021 After next week's cool correction a zonal flow should lure the mercury to, or just above, average by the last week of April, highs mostly in the 50s with a few 60s possible. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 7 Apr. 2021 Quotas would be set to the principle of zonal attachment, the formula the U.K. had been seeking. Ian Wishart, Bloomberg.com, 1 Nov. 2020 At 18, Fawazz Akhtar is a zonal councilman and youth coordinator at Masjid Aqsa. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, 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, 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, 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, 28 Apr. 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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“Zonal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zonal. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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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