zoom

verb
\ˈzüm \
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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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

The number of houses for sale in the Seattle area zoomed up 43 percent from a year ago, the biggest jump since the bubble burst, and way more condos are available too. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "A look at Seattle neighborhoods where crime is (and isn’t) up and finally some good news for homebuyers | Friday Morning Brief, July 6," 6 July 2018 The wife was apparently hanging at a halfway point on the cable when her husband zoomed into her, fire chief Wilmer Guerrero told La Prensa. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Honeymooning couple fatally collides on zipline in Honduras," 10 July 2018 Ground telescopes are good at picking up asteroids zooming into the inner solar system and approaching from the night side of Earth, Johnson said. Marcia Dunn, OrlandoSentinel.com, "U.S. stepping up Earth's protection from asteroids, comets," 26 June 2018 When Podeswa finally does zoom into June’s face, leaving the full-scale horror of the scene for a few moments, the move isn’t a respite. refinery29.com, "Handmaid’s Tale," 20 June 2018 His relatives knew Garcia was there that night and rushed to the property, zooming up Okeechobee into the desolate outback. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "Who shot the cockfight ref? Secret arena outside Miami was packed but nobody's talking," 12 June 2018 The reliever, who zoomed out of the minors into the A’s primary set-up role in the span of a month, was a tad plump his second year in Oakland’s system. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, "A’s pitcher Lou Trivino found relief in mechanics — and doughnuts," 11 June 2018 The episode opens with a shot of the Portuguese star zooming his car into the drive and having to perform an emergency stop before hitting his garage. SI.com, "Pascal Chimbonda and 24 Other Classic Premier League Players You'd Forgotten: No. 9 - Luís Boa Morte," 10 May 2018 Reed opened with a 25-foot birdie putt and zoomed into the lead after two more short birdie putts. Doug Ferguson, BostonGlobe.com, "Patrick Reed shoots 66 to build two-shot lead at Masters," 7 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The camera system would also potentially allow for better optical zoom than on a smartphone like the iPhone. Brooke Crothers, Fox News, "A US start-up is trying to reimagine the smartphone," 6 July 2018 The P21 Pro flagship from Huawei is the first to include three lenses: one color, one monochrome (to help with depth and lowlight situations), and one 3x zoom. Geoffrey Fowler, courant.com, "Future Phones: They Fold Like Napkins, Have 9 Cameras, Charge Over Thin Air," 6 July 2018 Digital zoom just crops and enlarges the photo, making your photo look fuzzy and dull. Wired Staff, WIRED, "How to Take Awesome Photos of Fireworks," 3 July 2018 Light's existing offerings Light already offers the 16-lens Light L16 camera with 5X optical zoom. Brooke Crothers, Fox News, "A US start-up is trying to reimagine the smartphone," 6 July 2018 Image The pool party is a squirmy tour de force embellished with a punctuating zoom and a plangent sense of dread that make Kayla’s isolation feel like alienation. Bo Burnham, New York Times, "Review: All the Feels, Hurts and Laughs of ‘Eighth Grade’," 11 July 2018 The second helps with zoom shots and measuring depth to create photos with artistically blurry backgrounds. Geoffrey Fowler, courant.com, "Future Phones: They Fold Like Napkins, Have 9 Cameras, Charge Over Thin Air," 6 July 2018 In exchange for the zoom, the camera’s aperture is changing from f/1.8-2.8 to the somewhat slower f/2.8-4.5. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Sony’s RX100 VI adds a long zoom lens to the best compact camera," 5 June 2018 The P21 Pro flagship from Huawei is the first to include three lenses: one color, one monochrome (to help with depth and lowlight situations), and one 3x zoom. Geoffrey Fowler, courant.com, "Future Phones: They Fold Like Napkins, Have 9 Cameras, Charge Over Thin Air," 6 July 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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Phrases Related to zoom

zoom in

zoom out

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15 Oct 2018

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Time Traveler for zoom

The first known use of zoom was in 1886

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More Definitions for zoom

zoom

verb

English Language Learners Definition of zoom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move quickly

: to move quickly upward

: to increase suddenly

zoom

noun

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

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

zoom

verb
\ˈzüm \
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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