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 There is a crispness to the hard edges of the blocks of color – the jacket, the T-shirt, the house, that make the colors pop while the facial details recede into a more quiet zone. Tom Teicholz, Forbes, "Artist Amy Sherald Delivers ‘The Great American Fact’," 15 Apr. 2021 China sent 25 warplanes into Taiwan's air defense identification zone on Monday, which was the largest breach of that space since the island began regularly reporting such activity in September, Taiwan's Defense Ministry said. Kate Sullivan, CNN, "Biden to use meeting with Japan's prime minister to send 'clear signal' to China," 15 Apr. 2021 On Monday, Beijing sent 25 fighter jets and bombers into Taiwan's air defense identification zone, the largest incursion to date. Fortune, "Taiwan issue may force Japan to pick sides in U.S.-Beijing fight," 15 Apr. 2021 Chinese Communist Party officials, who claim sovereignty over Taiwan, sortied 25 warplanes into Taiwan’s air defense zone Monday — followed by the launch of a six-day live-fire war-game in the South China Sea, near an island claimed by Taiwan. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "China conducts live-fire military drills as Biden friends arrive in Taiwan," 14 Apr. 2021 Since June, Chinese military planes, sometimes including fighter jets and bombers, have regularly flown into Taiwan's air defense identification zone, forcing Taipei to scramble fighter jets. NBC News, "China tries to wear down its neighbors with pressure tactics," 10 Apr. 2021 Six plays later, the Eagles were flying again as Greupner bulled into the zone for a 3-yard TD. Jim Lindgren, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Santa Fe Christian wins battle of running teams over Mount Miguel," 9 Apr. 2021 The fish are being captured using a technique called the Modified Unified Method, which combines netting and herding maneuvers to drive and concentrate fish from a large area into a small zone for removal. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Electric currents, underwater speakers scare up invasive Asian carp in Mississippi River near La Crosse," 9 Apr. 2021 After a rush into the UMass zone, Koepke circled around the net, came out front took a shot. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Former Gophers forward Garrett Wait scores in overtime to send UMass over Minnesota Duluth," 8 Apr. 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 7 May. 2021.

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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 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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