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

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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 New Ride With Woodward lesson package helps skiers and boarders of all abilities learn park skills; a new stage within the parkour zone will host events including film premieres, athlete speakers and live music performances. The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Oct. 2021 After a Wolf Pack turnover in the offensive zone, Legare was sprung free on a breakaway and cleanly beat Kinkaid but rang the iron on the best chance of the period. Staff Report, courant.com, 23 Oct. 2021 Receivers are working combination and crossing routes, finding creases and holes in zone defenses. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, 23 Oct. 2021 Mobley scored 12 of his 17 points during that stretch and stymied the explosive Hawks from the top of Cleveland’s super-sized zone. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 23 Oct. 2021 Boivin put up a modest 322 points in 1,150 games, but his patrolling of the defensive zone earned him a Hall of Fame nod in 1986. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Oct. 2021 The Pacers overcame what had been a 12-point deficit to send the game to OT, switching to zone and limiting the Wizards to 7-of-21 shooting (3-of-12 3s) in the fourth quarter. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Oct. 2021 The Knights were relentless on offense early, keeping the ball in the offensive zone and creating plenty of scoring chances. Eric Bem, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 22 Oct. 2021 This new rooftop restaurant in the hotel zone offers an expansive menu with signature cocktail options. Jim Dobson, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Elliott, who was a county commissioner for four years before he was elected to the state Senate in 2018, said there was not one request to zone unincorporated areas of Baldwin County during his time with the county. al, 14 Oct. 2021 Users can zone in on specific municipalities as well as filter by income and eligibility requirements, availability, and number of bedrooms. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Aug. 2021 The residents won the first round in the fight to block the quarry, after a request to annex several properties into Clay and re-zone them for mining was withdrawn after the city council did not take action on it. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 1 June 2021 The Feldenkrais Method, created by Moshe Feldenkrais, does that and more with its system of exercises that zone in on skeletal function and self-awareness through movement. New York Times, 22 Jan. 2021 The Birmingham City Council voted on Tuesday to re-zone the former Carraway Methodist Medical Center campus, setting in motion a redevelopment that has been years in coming. al, 10 Nov. 2020 Salt Lake City Council Chairman Chris Wharton said the city had long-term plans to annex North Pointe and zone it for light manufacturing. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Sep. 2020 Landon has already reached an agreement with the city to zone the tract. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 1 June 2020 The property is already zoned for more than 300 apartment units, Pitchford said. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 24 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The air conditioning is tri-zone, so rear passengers have their own controls alongside both front occupants. James Morris, Forbes, 12 June 2021 DevOps capabilities such as build and staging servers, for example, don’t need multi-zone availability. Steve Mcdowell, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 In the pantry is a Sub-Zero multi-zone wine fridge. oregonlive, 19 Feb. 2021 The Knights and Panthers both play Clements and George Ranch before cross-zone play potentially begins in Week 8. Jack Marrion, Chron, 28 Oct. 2020 Then cross-zone play begins based on standings to help determine playoff qualifiers. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, 30 Sep. 2020 Nissan says the rear seat offers more kneeroom and headroom, and there are additional niceties for passengers, including optional rear-window sunshades and tri-zone climate control on higher trims. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 15 June 2020

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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

borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin zōna "belt, girdle, imaginary band encircling the earth," borrowed from Greek zṓnē, going back to Indo-European *i̯eh3s-neh2, whence also, with stem variation, Russian Church Slavic pojasnĭ "belt," Sanskrit rā́snā "girdle" (*yā́snā crossed with raśanā́ "rope, bridle, girth"); derivative from a verbal base *i̯eh3s- "encircle, girdle," whence, with various stem formatives, Old Church Slavic pojašǫ, pojasati "to gird," Lithuanian júosiu, júosti, Albanian ngjesh- "gird, encircle, compress," Greek zṓnnȳmi, aorist ézōsa "(I) gird(ed)"; from a verbal adjective in *-t- Lithuanian júosta "band, zone," Greek zōstós "belted, girded," Avestan yāsta-

Verb

derivative of zone entry 1

Adjective

from attributive use of zone entry 1

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The first known use of zone was in the 15th century

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“Zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zone. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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.

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

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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

zone

transitive verb
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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