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

belt, corridor, land, neck, part(s), region, tract

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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

Erica Parise/Netflix Before the age of streaming, summer was a TV dead zone. Marie Claire, "8 TV Shows Dropping This Summer You Won't Want to Miss," 11 Mar. 2019 The exact drop in traffic varied between different areas in the zone. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Madrid’s ban on polluting vehicles cuts traffic by nearly 32 percent in some areas," 3 Dec. 2018 The Barataria Basin, a liminal zone of marsh and water in Plaquemines Parish, south of New Orleans, is one of the country’s prime fishing and shrimping areas. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 Those with natal planets in this zone are often fueled by organization and structure and tend to focus on time and calendar management. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018 But Brandon Crawford led off the second for the Giants by golfing a low pitch in the zone over the right field wall for a 1-0 lead. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Shelby Miller gets roughed up by Giants in second start, says he expects more from himself," 30 June 2018 Razer's Chroma support means the cabinet's two lighting zones can automatically sync up with your Razer Chroma laptop, your Razer Chroma mouse and your Razer Chroma mouse pad. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer's Core X Chroma eGPU cabinet features RGB and Intel's latest Thunderbolt 3 controller," 16 Apr. 2019 The plan called for a rail line from China to the town of Kyaukpyu, with the intent of transforming it into a major deep-water port and industrial zone. Jon Emont, WSJ, "U.S. Goes on the Offensive Against China’s Empire-Building Megaplan," 9 Apr. 2019 Ford’s self-driving vehicles deftly handled a variety of challenging scenarios that have been known to trip up even the most skilled AVs, from unprotected left-hand turns, to construction zones, to narrow, two-way roads without lane markings. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford’s self-driving cars are really good, but are they good enough to win?," 15 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The building was moved to a lot zoned for multifamily use on the edge of the up-and-coming Dignowity Hill neighborhood. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "When moving day means moving the house," 31 May 2018 Seattle is attempting to upzone more of the city to accommodate its growing population; 13 percent of the city’s land area, which has been zoned for more density, has absorbed half of the city’s population increase since 2010. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As cities confront climate change, is density the answer?," 11 Dec. 2018 Hundreds of companies and entities lobby the city each year on issues from zoning changes to local legislation. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Amazon Spends on Lobbying New York City on Cloud Services," 26 Nov. 2018 The development is located in one of the only large areas in San Diego County that is zoned for new housing. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Are master-planned communities a development of the past?," 16 Apr. 2018 The site is the only one in Midtown zoned for single-family houses. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Eco Homes adds single-family homes in Detroit's Midtown," 29 June 2018 The property is currently zoned for office, research and development and would need to be rezoned for general business, according to a village report. Rick Kambic, chicagotribune.com, "Raising Cane's looks to bring its chicken fingers to Vernon Hills," 15 June 2018 Homes zoned for Carle Place schools, for instance, command higher prices than those assigned to Westbury schools, Ms. Mays said. New York Times, "Westbury, N.Y.: A Bucolic Village in Suburbia," 6 June 2018 John d'Hemecourt, who owns and operates the Quail Farm event venue, said the residential development would be on about 34 acres already zoned for residential use. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, "2-acre homesites now planned for Abita Quail Farm land," 1 June 2018

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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

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

Financial Definition of 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.

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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.

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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

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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