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

Skip to main content Two parachutists free-falling at 120 mph in the United Kingdom had a near miss with two U.S. fighter jets that zoomed below them, a report of the incident says. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Two parachutists were free-falling — then US fighter jets flew below them, report says," 12 Sep. 2019 After the Friday brunch winds down, festival-goers head to Mangold’s premiere at the Werner Herzog Theater, where audio of race-cars zooming is playing over the 650-seat venue's Dolby speakers. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Telluride Diary: High Hopes (and One Eyebrow-Raising Guest) Kick Off Awards Season," 31 Aug. 2019 Even when the hydrofoilers zoom directly over the animals, the sharks don’t seem to care. Samantha Yadron, Outside Online, "Sharks Swim Near Humans a Lot More than You Think," 28 Aug. 2019 In his only other drive of this preseason, Mayfield took it to the Redskins in the preseason opener, zooming downfield in the no-huddle and completing 5-of-6 attempts for 77 yards and a 24-yard touchdown pass to Higgins. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Baker Mayfield struggles with backups; defense dominates in 13-12 loss to Bucs in 3rd preseason game," 24 Aug. 2019 Huawei’s P30 Pro phone comes with a telescoping, 50 times zoom camera. Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Denver Post, "Galaxy Note 10 hands on: What Samsung’s $950 big new phone adds — and takes away," 21 Aug. 2019 Its stock has zoomed 34 percent since the start of 2019--and that’s despite massive sell-offs in the stock market recently. Susie Gharib, Fortune, "Assurant CEO: Double Digit Earnings Growth for Insurer," 20 Aug. 2019 Destroying an orbiting satellite is no easy feat, as these vehicles are relatively small and zoom above our planet at thousands of miles per hour. Loren Grush, The Verge, "More than 50 pieces of debris remain in space after India destroyed its own satellite in March," 8 Aug. 2019 Twice during the race — his first at Iowa Speedway — the 21-year-old rookie put his car on the outside wall and zoomed around at least a half-dozen of his competitors. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Josef Newgarden flourishes at Iowa yet again," 21 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An even less expensive option that’s particularly good for someone who doesn’t want to worry about lenses is the Sony RX10 IV, a mirrorless option that features a high-quality zoom. Natalie B. Compton, The Know, "Photographers spill their tips for capturing the best shots while traveling," 6 Aug. 2019 The back of the plastic case has special slots that little widgets slide into; they can be used to do things like zoom in and out with a camera app or shoot a photo, as the researchers show in a video. Rachel Metz, CNN, "Forget touchscreens: This case controls a smartphone with buttons and dials," 26 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. 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 While the film applies tight zooms and cinematic camera angles to every conversation between characters, all voiced by popular actors and comedians, the animals' mouths and eyes do not veer from their proper anatomy. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Lion King remake review: Roaring visuals, but the execution is a hairball," 12 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. 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

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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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