verb (used with object), zoned, zon·ing.
verb (used without object), zoned, zon·ing.
Origin of zone
Synonyms for zone
- a mental state that enables a competitor to perform to the best of his or her abilityHingis is in the zone at the moment
- (modifier)of or relating to competitive performance that depends on the mood or state of mind of the participanta zone player
Word Origin for zone
late 14c., from Latin zona "geographical belt, celestial zone," from Greek zone "a belt," related to zonnynai "to gird," from PIE root *yes- "to gird, girdle" (cf. Avestan yasta- "girt," Lithuanian juosiu "to gird," Old Church Slavonic po-jasu "girdle").
Originally one of the five great divisions of the earth's surface (torrid, temperate, frigid; separated by tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and Arctic and Antarctic circles); meaning "any discrete region" is first recorded 1822. Zone defense in team sports is recorded from 1927. Zoning "land-use planning" is recorded from 1912. Zoned (adj.) in drug-use sense is attested 1960s, from ozone, which is found high in the atmosphere; the related verb to zone is from 1980s.