zone

noun
\ ˈzōn How to pronounce zone (audio) \

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

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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 The warehouse is located in an opportunity zone, which will help finance the project through federal and state historic tax credits. al, "This 110-year-old warehouse on Rotary Trail will get a $24 million facelift," 14 Apr. 2021 Savard’s historically been strong in his own end, keeping offensive players wide on the rush and out from the front of the net during opposing teams’ attack-zone time. Matt Kalman, Forbes, "Lightning’s Savard Trade Bets Their Future For Cup Repeat," 10 Apr. 2021 The Ruili border zone, famous for its jade and emerald trade, is the busiest land crossing in southwest China and saw $11.4 billion in trade in 2019 with Muse, in Myanmar’s Shan state. Washington Post, "China scrambles to lock down Myanmar border amid fears of covid and post-coup instability," 9 Apr. 2021 Newer apps like Loom allow people to record video messages that incorporate a view of what's on their computer screen, offering the same kind of cross-time-zone communication as an email but with the visual element too. Maria Aspan, Fortune, "4 challenges companies need to grapple with after the way we work has changed forever," 7 Apr. 2021 The short version is that Quinn has predominately utilized single-high safety schemes in the past, majoring in different forms of Cover 1 (man) and Cover 3 (zone). John Owning, Dallas News, "Patrick Surtain II vs. Jaycee Horn: Who should be the Cowboys’ CB1 in the 2021 NFL draft?," 7 Apr. 2021 Even base models have dual-zone climate control, knurled switchgear, and nice-feeling window switches. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Goes from Punchline to Prime Time," 6 Apr. 2021 When Taiwan elected as its president Tsai Ing-wen of the independence-minded Democratic Progressive Party, the mainland cut off all diplomatic and cooperative channels and stepped up its coercion efforts, leading to today’s gray-zone campaign. The Editors, National Review, "A Chinese Attack on Taiwan Is Getting Closer," 2 Apr. 2021 The City of Ocoee holds its inaugural Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt event at the Jim Beech Recreation Center with a glow zone, DJ and more. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Easter weekend in Orlando: Egg hunts and family-friendly events," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Feldenkrais Method, created by Moshe Feldenkrais, does that and more with its system of exercises that zone in on skeletal function and self-awareness through movement. New York Times, "‘Slowing Down to Feel’: Moving Our Minds Around Our Bodies," 22 Jan. 2021 The Birmingham City Council voted on Tuesday to re-zone the former Carraway Methodist Medical Center campus, setting in motion a redevelopment that has been years in coming. al, "Carraway hospital redevelopment approved by city," 10 Nov. 2020 Salt Lake City Council Chairman Chris Wharton said the city had long-term plans to annex North Pointe and zone it for light manufacturing. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Proposed housing development north of Salt Lake City International Airport has lots of opponents," 14 Sep. 2020 Landon has already reached an agreement with the city to zone the tract. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Part of Frisco’s Brinkmann Ranch sells for $1 billion development," 1 June 2020 The property is already zoned for more than 300 apartment units, Pitchford said. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "New Uptown Dallas skyscraper is in the works on Maple Avenue," 24 Apr. 2020 Unfortunately, their property was no longer zoned for zoos. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Zoo That Divided a Town," 14 Mar. 2020 Baile said there are several applicants before the BZA whose projects are currently zoned conditional use, but would be marked as nonconforming if the commissioners approve the update. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Residents request changes to county rezoning before commissioners vote, cite concerns for future development," 7 Oct. 2019 There were these two streets that were adjacent to the middle-class, predominantly white part of town to get zoned into the middle-class school. Kevin Powell, Washington Post, "The Power of Stacey Abrams," 14 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective DevOps capabilities such as build and staging servers, for example, don’t need multi-zone availability. Steve Mcdowell, Forbes, "AWS Expands Its Elastic File System Offerings With ‘One Zone’ For 47% Less," 11 Mar. 2021 In the pantry is a Sub-Zero multi-zone wine fridge. oregonlive, "Remodeled North Waterfront condo gets offer, sells in 5 days at $1.75 million," 19 Feb. 2021 The Knights and Panthers both play Clements and George Ranch before cross-zone play potentially begins in Week 8. Jack Marrion, Chron, "Ridge Point, Elkins meet in key 20-6A football zone game," 28 Oct. 2020 Then cross-zone play begins based on standings to help determine playoff qualifiers. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend ISD releases updated 2020 football schedule," 30 Sep. 2020 Nissan says the rear seat offers more kneeroom and headroom, and there are additional niceties for passengers, including optional rear-window sunshades and tri-zone climate control on higher trims. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2021 Nissan Rogue Looks Like a Big Improvement," 15 June 2020

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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

borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin zōna "belt, girdle, imaginary band encircling the earth," borrowed from Greek zṓnē, going back to Indo-European *i̯eh3s-neh2, whence also, with stem variation, Russian Church Slavic pojasnĭ "belt," Sanskrit rā́snā "girdle" (*yā́snā crossed with raśanā́ "rope, bridle, girth"); derivative from a verbal base *i̯eh3s- "encircle, girdle," whence, with various stem formatives, Old Church Slavic pojašǫ, pojasati "to gird," Lithuanian júosiu, júosti, Albanian ngjesh- "gird, encircle, compress," Greek zṓnnȳmi, aorist ézōsa "(I) gird(ed)"; from a verbal adjective in *-t- Lithuanian júosta "band, zone," Greek zōstós "belted, girded," Avestan yāsta-

Verb

derivative of zone entry 1

Adjective

from attributive use of zone entry 1

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The first known use of zone was in the 15th century

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“Zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zone. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for zone

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 How to pronounce zone (audio) \

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.

zone

noun
\ ˈzōn How to pronounce zone (audio) \

Medical Definition of zone

1 : an encircling anatomical structure
2 : a region or area set off as distinct

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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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