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zone

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noun \ˈzōn\

Definition of zone

  1. 1a :  any of five great divisions of the earth's surface with respect to latitude and temperature — compare frigid zone, temperate zone, torrid zoneb :  a portion of the surface of a sphere included between two parallel planes

  2. 2 archaic :  girdle, belt

  3. 3a :  an encircling anatomical structureb (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 formc :  a distinctive belt, layer, or series of layers of earth materials (such as rock)

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

  5. 5 :  one of the sections of an area or territory created for a particular purpose: such asa :  a zoned section of a cityb (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 carrierc :  an area on a field of playd :  a stretch of roadway or a space in which certain traffic regulations are in force

  6. 6 :  zone defense

  7. 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


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zone

verb

Definition of zone

zoned

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zoning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to surround with a zone :  encircle

  3. 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. 1 :  zonal 1

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

First Known Use of zone

1795



ZONE Defined for English Language Learners

zone

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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

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noun \ˈzōn\

Definition of zone for Students

  1. 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. 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

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verb

Definition of zone for Students

zoned

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zoning

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


Medical Dictionary

zone

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noun \ˈzōn\

Medical Definition of zone

  1. 1:  an encircling anatomical structure

  2. 2:  a region or area set off as distinct


Law Dictionary

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zone

noun

Legal Definition of zone

  1. :  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. 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. 2 :  to restrict different kinds of (use) to different areas the power to zone land use within its borders



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