zone

noun
\ ˈzōn \

Definition of zone 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : any of five great divisions of the earth's surface with respect to latitude and temperature — compare frigid zone, temperate zone, torrid zone

b : a portion of the surface of a sphere included between two parallel planes

2 archaic : girdle, belt

3a : an encircling anatomical structure

b(1) : a subdivision of a biogeographic region that supports a similar fauna and flora throughout its extent

(2) : such a zone dominated by a particular life form

c : a distinctive belt, layer, or series of layers of earth materials (such as rock)

4 : a region or area set off as distinct from surrounding or adjoining parts

5 : one of the sections of an area or territory created for a particular purpose: such as

a : a zoned section of a city

b(1) : any of the eight concentric bands of territory centered on a given postal shipment point designated as a distance bracket for U.S. parcel post to which mail is charged at a single rate

(2) : a distance within which the same fare is charged by a common carrier

c : an area on a field of play

d : a stretch of roadway or a space in which certain traffic regulations are in force

7 : a temporary state of heightened concentration experienced by a performing athlete that enables peak performance players in the zone

zone

verb
zoned; zoning

Definition of zone (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to surround with a zone : encircle

2 : to arrange in or mark off into zones specifically : to partition (a city, borough, or township) by ordinance into sections reserved for different purposes (such as residence or business)

zone

adjective

Definition of zone (Entry 3 of 3)

2 : of, relating to, or occurring in a zone defense a zone press a zone blitz

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Other words from zone

Verb

zoner noun

Synonyms for zone

Synonyms: Noun

belt, corridor, land, neck, part(s), region, tract

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Examples of zone in a Sentence

Noun

at that point we were out of the danger zone for avalanches

Verb

The town council voted to zone the area for industrial use.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

May’s plan seeks to keep the U.K. and the EU in a free-trade zone for goods, and commits Britain to maintaining the same rules as the bloc for goods and agricultural products. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "UK prime minister seeks to stem Cabinet exodus over Brexit," 10 July 2018 May's plan seeks to keep the U.K. and the EU in a free-trade zone for goods, and commits Britain to maintaining the same rules as the bloc for goods and agricultural products. Jill Lawless, chicagotribune.com, "British Prime Minister Theresa May seeks to stem Cabinet exodus over Brexit," 10 July 2018 Johnson, a loud pro-Brexit voice, was unhappy with May’s Brexit plan to keep the U.K. and the E.U. in a free-trade zone for goods and to commit Britain to maintaining the same rules as the bloc for goods and agricultural products. NBC News, "Brexit chaos: What happens next for British PM Theresa May?," 10 July 2018 The plan seeks to keep the U.K. and the EU in a free-trade zone for goods, and commits Britain to maintaining the same rules as the bloc for goods and agricultural products. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson quits UK government in mounting Brexit crisis," 9 July 2018 The plan seeks to keep the UK and the EU in a free-trade zone for goods and commits Britain to maintain the same rules as the bloc for goods and agricultural products. Jill Lawless, The Christian Science Monitor, "Boris Johnson resigns in midst of UK Brexit crisis," 9 July 2018 Notes: For sizzling crusty ribs, brush the racks on both sides with glaze and move them directly over one of the fire zones for the last few minutes of cooking. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Ribs 101: Pitmasters offer advice on cooking ribs," 1 July 2018 Patient rooms were divided into separate lighting zones for patients, family and staff, especially valuable at night. Stacey Burling, Philly.com, "The era of circadian lighting in health care is dawning," 27 June 2018 Fire officials asked permission to use the ranch as a safety zone for firefighters, if necessary. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Granite Mountain Hotshots: An untold story from the day 19 firefighters died," 23 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The warehouse parcel is about 43 acres, but the southern 12 acres are zoned for manufacturing. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora council approves final part of West Corporate Center," 13 July 2018 Areas designated as Type 1 Development, such as Fifth Avenue, a portion of the arts district and historic Scottsdale, would be zoned for buildings of up to 40-feet high. Zahra Ahmad, azcentral, "Downtown plan could double height in certain areas of Old Town, Scottsdale," 29 June 2018 The property spans about 4,000 square feet and is zoned for a three-family home, according to the listing. Jaclyn Reiss, BostonGlobe.com, "For sale in Brighton: A dilapidated, 3-bedroom home — for $800,000," 27 June 2018 The arts center property is zoned R3 high density residential, according to Mumby, who said some of the structures planned will require the center’s leaders to obtain zoning variances through the board of appeals process. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford to end ownership of arts center site," 15 June 2018 The land is zoned agricultural and community business and owned by Curtis Mill, according to a council agenda packet. David Ibata, ajc, "Milton advances Matilda music venue plan," 12 June 2018 The lot currently is zoned commercial, a designation that fits Binny's needs. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, "Binny's looks to open Evanston location this fall, officials say," 29 May 2018 Historic core neighborhoods included in the IZD are zoned HU-RS, HU-RD1, HU-RD2, HU-RM1 and HU-RM2. Kevin Litten, NOLA.com, "Short-term rental industry cautions against New Orleans proposal limiting renewals," 23 May 2018 Emily Liu, director of Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services, said the property is zoned for commercial use, which means developers can technically build up to five stories. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Parking for bikes but not cars? This development plan is going green," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of zone

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for zone

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin zona belt, zone, from Greek zōnē; akin to Lithuanian juosti to gird

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zone

verb

Financial Definition of zone

What It Is

Zoning is a method of determining how people can use land and buildings within a certain area.

How It Works

Zoning typically delineates areas within a town acceptable for residential construction, commercial construction, industrial construction and agricultural space. It may also require things like sidewalks, street lights, crosswalks and bridges. Zoning is codified by municipalities, and those codifications -- zoning ordinances -- also may dictate building heights and the outer appearance of buildings in certain areas (for example, the city of Santa Fe, NM, encourages most commercial buildings to be covered in stucco).

Why It Matters

Zoning is what prevents hospitals from opening up next to city dumps, or beet farms from running through the middle of downtown Scranton, Pa. The idea is that when a community is orderly, it is more attractive, safer and has fewer conflicts among land users. Ironically, however, zoning ordinances often change because of conflicts between citizens and the government about how they should be able to use their own property.

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zone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of zone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an area that is different from other areas in a particular way

: one of the sections in a city or town that is used for a particular purpose

zone

verb

English Language Learners Definition of zone (Entry 2 of 2)

: to officially say that (a section in a city, town, etc.) can be used for a particular purpose (such as business or housing)

zone

noun
\ ˈzōn \

Kids Definition of zone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a region or area set off or characterized as different from surrounding or neighboring parts The United States is located in one of earth's temperate zones.

2 : one of the sections of an area created for or serving a particular use or purpose a town's business zone

zone

verb
zoned; zoning

Kids Definition of zone (Entry 2 of 2)

: to divide into sections for different uses or purposes This area is zoned for residential use.

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zone

noun
\ ˈzōn \

Medical Definition of zone 

1 : an encircling anatomical structure

2 : a region or area set off as distinct

zone

noun

Legal Definition of zone 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a specifically designated section of a larger area or territory: as

a : a section of a municipality controlled by specific restrictions on permitted use (as for residences or agriculture)

b : a distance within which the same fare is charged by a common carrier

c : a stretch of roadway or a space within which certain traffic regulations are in force

zoned; zoning

Legal Definition of zone (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : to partition (as a city or town) by ordinance into sections reserved for different purposes (as residence or business)

b : to designate the permitted use of (property) by placement in a municipal zone land zoned for agricultural use

2 : to restrict different kinds of (use) to different areas the power to zone land use within its borders

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