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zone

noun \ ˈzōn \
Updated on: 13 Oct 2017

Definition of zone

1 a :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
3 a :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

Examples of zone in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of zone

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

zone Synonyms


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zone

verb

Definition of zone

zoned; zoning
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)

zoner

noun

Examples of zone in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of zone

1782


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zone

adjective

Definition of zone

1 :zonal 1
2 :of, relating to, or occurring in a zone defense
  • a zone press
  • a zone blitz

First Known Use of zone

1795


Financial Definition of ZONE

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.



ZONE Defined for English Language Learners

zone

noun

Definition of zone for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of zone for English Language Learners

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


ZONE Defined for Kids

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zone

noun \ ˈzōn \

Definition of zone for Students

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

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zone

verb

Definition of zone for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

zone

noun \ ˈzōn \

medical Definition of zone

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

Law Dictionary

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zone

noun

legal Definition of zone

: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

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zone

transitive verb

legal Definition of zone

zoned; zoning
1 a :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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