\ 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


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)



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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zoner noun

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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 Eddings called more than two dozen pitches outside the zone strikes in Tuesday’s game between the teams, according to multiple analyses of his performance behind the plate. Wire Reports,, 24 June 2022 Only three storms have formed in this zone during June previously, according to Phil Klotzbach, a tropical weather expert at Colorado State University. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 24 June 2022 While 'Black & Blue' is only cold hardy in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 7 to 10, some perennial varieties are hardy as low as zone 4. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 24 June 2022 The World Games has teamed with non-profit ministries to come up with a plan for helping the homeless who will be displaced by a security zone that will be established downtown next month. al, 23 June 2022 Mayfield Heights Unity Days Enjoy carnival food, live music and a kids zone with giant inflatables and interactive games at this annual celebration at Mayfield Heights City Park. cleveland, 23 June 2022 All the outcrops of similar age around Sydney seemed to contain a fossil dead zone. Chris Mays, Scientific American, 23 June 2022 Tampa’s got two guys jumping on with their D coming off the ice from a zone away. Cale Clinton, USA TODAY, 23 June 2022 The agent asked Wright for a favorable vote in expanding the city’s cannabis business zone so that his business could operate elsewhere. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To see someone like him recalibrate and zone back in to life... Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2022 The Birmingham City Council voted in 2020 to re-zone the former Carraway Methodist Medical Center campus, setting in motion a redevelopment that has been years in coming. al, 10 May 2022 Laguna Niguel’s requirement, approved by the city last year, is to zone for 1,207 new housing units. Hannah Frystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2022 The reluctance of Connecticut towns to zone for multifamily housing was a focus of a report Giffin authored called Zoning For Equity, Vol. Seamus Mcavoy, Hartford Courant, 23 Apr. 2022 In addition to reviewing Lakewood’s codes, the mayor said her administration has been examining how larger municipalities such as Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati zone large buildings and parking garages. John Benson, cleveland, 24 Jan. 2022 The association calculated that O.C. should zone for about 183,000 new units. Los Angeles Times, 22 Jan. 2022 Elliott, who was a county commissioner for four years before he was elected to the state Senate in 2018, said there was not one request to zone unincorporated areas of Baldwin County during his time with the county. al, 14 Oct. 2021 Users can zone in on specific municipalities as well as filter by income and eligibility requirements, availability, and number of bedrooms., 15 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There are also smart ductless air conditioners on the market, plus the majority of units come in a range of capacity options, along with single- and multi-zone models. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 6 June 2022 And, there’s tri-zone climate controls, so passengers can control their own climate and cupholders for the second-row passengers. Christian De Looper, BGR, 7 May 2022 High-efficiency gas furnaces and hot water heaters, energy-efficient insulation and multi-zone heating and cooling systems (in the two-level home styles) help to offset energy costs. Karen A. Avitabile, Hartford Courant, 23 Apr. 2022 There is also a water filtration system, multi-zone central air conditioning and an LED lighting system to suit any ambience. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2022 Just six seconds later, after a faceoff violation, Epstein threw a cross-zone pass to Degnon, who tied the game at 4 entering halftime. Mike Preston,, 13 Mar. 2022 The full-time missionaries were attending a multi-zone conference in Torreón, Mexico. Fox News, 13 Nov. 2021 Another great feature for rear passengers is the tri-zone air conditioning. James Morris, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 The air conditioning is tri-zone, so rear passengers have their own controls alongside both front occupants. James Morris, Forbes, 12 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of zone


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


1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for zone


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-


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\ 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


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.


\ ˈzōn How to pronounce zone (audio) \

Medical Definition of zone

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



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


transitive verb
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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