zoom

verb
\ ˈzüm How to pronounce zoom (audio) \
zoomed; zooming; zooms

Definition of zoom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to move with a loud low hum or buzz
b : to go speedily : zip cars zooming by on the highway
2 of an airplane : to climb for a short time at an angle greater than that which can be maintained in steady flight so that the machine is carried upward at the expense of stored kinetic energy
3a : to focus a camera or microscope on an object using a zoom lens so that the object's apparent distance from the observer changes often used with in or out
b : focus, zero used with in trying to zoom in on the cause of these problems
4 : to increase sharply retail sales zoomed

transitive verb

: to cause to zoom

zoom

noun

Definition of zoom (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act or process of zooming especially : a sharp upward movement
b : an image created by zooming
2 : a zooming sound
3 : a means of producing an enlarged image (as in a camera) specifically : zoom lens

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Synonyms for zoom

Synonyms: Verb

bumble, burr, buzz, drone, hum, whir (also whirr), whish, whiz (or whizz), zip

Synonyms: Noun

burr, buzz, chirr, churr, drone, hum, purr, thrum, whir (also whirr), whiz (or whizz)

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Examples of zoom in a Sentence

Verb

They got in the car and zoomed away. The group of bicycle racers zoomed past. After her first successful cases she zoomed to the top of her profession. Housing sales have zoomed in recent months.

Noun

The camera was equipped with a zoom. The truck went by with a zoom.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In Manhattan, coworking company WeWork recently zoomed past JPMorgan Chase as the largest commercial property user. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "How much is too much when it comes to Dallas-Fort Worth coworking offices?," 2 Aug. 2019 Skywatch can even zoom in a car tag number that is 300 to 400 yards away. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Homewood police deploy ‘eye in the sky’ to help fight crime," 26 June 2019 And the Scientific Reports paper, published the month before, zoomed out to consider a sample of 1,200 X-rays of subjects in Queensland, ages 18 to 86. nola.com, "Horns are growing on young people’s skulls; researchers blame phone use," 22 June 2019 And the Scientific Reports paper, published the month before, zoomed out to consider a sample of 1,200 X-rays of subjects in Queensland, ages 18 to 86. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Why are horns growing on young people’s skulls? Phone use is to blame, research suggests.," 20 June 2019 Boat races zooming down the Detroit River have happened since 1916, and this year will be no different, despite the loss of the traditional centerpiece event, the Gold Cup. Greg Levinsky, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Hydrofest will be quicker-paced but quieter this August," 12 July 2019 But for the drop test, a dummy rocket was used to simulate the entire commercial flight experience — just without the part where the rocket zooms off into orbit. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Virgin Orbit 'drop tests' a rocket from a 747 aircraft 35,000 feet in the sky," 10 July 2019 Be prepared to make a wish because you’re almost guaranteed to catch a shooting star zooming across the night sky. Kari Barnett, sun-sentinel.com, "SummerTimeOut: Catch a sunset – and some fish - at the Boynton Beach Inlet," 8 July 2019 Imagine Lonzo Ball corralling a rebound and zooming up the floor, looking for a runaway Zion to freight train his way to the rim, flanked by shooters in Hart and Holiday, and another athletic body in Ingram. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Five Lineups to Look Forward to After NBA Free Agency," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her earliest videos were the standard fare of the genre: funny slice-of-life videos, filled with quick-fire editing, emphatic face-zooms and lots of self-deprecation. cleveland.com, "Joana Ceddia got famous on YouTube for being a normal teen, and she’s trying to stay that way," 18 July 2019 Her earliest videos were the standard fare of the genre: funny slice-of-life videos, filled with quick-fire editing, emphatic face-zooms and lots of self-deprecation. Abby Ohlheiser, Twin Cities, "Joana Ceddia got famous on YouTube for being a normal teen, and she’s trying to stay that way," 18 July 2019 Her earliest videos were the standard fare of the genre: funny slice-of-life videos, filled with quick-fire editing, emphatic face-zooms and lots of self-deprecation. Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post, "Joana Ceddia got famous on YouTube for being a normal teen. She’s trying to stay that way.," 17 July 2019 That would give a shooter more flexible wide angle and zoom options, perhaps. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "iPhone 11: What to expect and why waiting may be your best option," 10 July 2019 This quality came primarily from lengthy zooms on an unnamed civilian stuck floating in space on a UNSC vehicle. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Xbox at E3: Halo Infinite leads massive first-party deluge of Xbox, PC games," 10 June 2019 The other cameras feature an ultra-wide-angle lens (117-degree field of view) and a 3x optical zoom. Dallas News, "OnePlus 7 Pro is a flagship phone priced way below the competition," 11 July 2019 At MWC Barcelona in February, the company showed off a camera with 10X lossless zoom, using an 8.6mm triple-camera system that includes a 48MP main lens and an 120-degree ultra-wide lens along with a 160mm zoom lens. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Oppo announces the ultimate notch killer: an under-screen selfie cam," 26 June 2019 Another new feature called Super Res Zoom uses multiple photos and AI to create a crisper, higher-quality zoomed-in photo even without the use of optical zoom. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google announces successor to Pixel 2, the new Pixel 3 smartphone," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of zoom

Verb

1886, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for zoom

Verb

imitative

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The first known use of zoom was in 1886

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zoom

verb

English Language Learners Definition of zoom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move quickly
: to move quickly upward
informal : to increase suddenly

zoom

noun

English Language Learners Definition of zoom (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : the loud sound of a vehicle that is moving very fast

zoom

verb
\ ˈzüm How to pronounce zoom (audio) \
zoomed; zooming

Kids Definition of zoom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move quickly often with a loud low hum or buzz He … spun the truck around and zoomed off …— Oliver Butterworth, The Enormous Egg
2 : to move upward quickly The airplane zoomed into the sky. His new song zoomed to the top of the sales charts.

zoom

noun

Kids Definition of zoom (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or process of moving quickly along or upwards
2 : a loud low humming or buzzing sound The truck went by with a zoom.

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