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[ zohn ]


  1. any continuous area that differs in some respect, or is distinguished for some purpose, from adjoining areas, or within which certain distinctive circumstances exist or are established: The temperature lies outside the danger zone.

    The decisions were formulated in a zone of uncertainty.

    The temperature lies outside the danger zone.

    Synonyms: region

  2. Geography. any of five great divisions of the earth's surface, bounded by lines parallel to the equator and named according to the prevailing temperature. Compare North Frigid Zone, North Temperate Zone, South Frigid Zone, South Temperate Zone, Torrid Zone.
  3. Biogeography. an area characterized by a particular set of organisms, whose presence is determined by environmental conditions, as an altitudinal belt on a mountain.
  4. Geology. a horizon.
  5. Geometry. a part of the surface of a sphere included between two parallel planes.
  6. a specific district, area, etc., within which a uniform charge is made for transportation, mail delivery, or other service.
  7. the total number of available railroad terminals within a given circumference around a given shipping center.
  8. an area or district in a city or town under special restrictions as to the type, size, purpose, etc., of existing or proposed buildings.
  9. Also called postal delivery zone. (in the U.S. postal system) any of the numbered districts into which a city or metropolitan area was formerly divided for expediting the sorting and delivery of mail.
  10. Sports. a particular portion of a playing area:

    The wing was trapped with the puck in his own defensive zone.

  11. the zone, Informal. a state of intense concentration and focus that greatly improves a person's performance in a physical or mental activity, especially in sports:

    He has a great golf swing, but he needs to be in the zone.

  12. Archaic. a girdle or belt; cincture.

verb (used with object)

, zoned, zon·ing.
  1. to mark with zones or bands.
  2. to divide into zones, tracts, areas, etc., as according to existing characteristics or as distinguished for some purpose.
  3. to divide (a city, town, neighborhood, etc.) into areas subject to special restrictions on any existing or proposed buildings.
  4. to encircle or surround with a zone, girdle, belt, or the like.

    Synonyms: band, gird

verb (used without object)

, zoned, zon·ing.
  1. to be formed into zones.

verb phrase

  1. Informal. to become inattentive or dazed:

    I must have zoned out toward the end of the lecture.


/ zəʊn /


  1. a region, area, or section characterized by some distinctive feature or quality
  2. a sphere of thought, disagreement, argument, etc
  3. an area subject to a particular political, military, or government function, use, or jurisdiction

    a demilitarized zone

  4. often capital geography one of the divisions of the earth's surface, esp divided into latitudinal belts according to temperature See Torrid Zone Frigid Zone Temperate Zone
  5. geology a distinctive layer or region of rock, characterized by particular fossils ( zone fossils ), metamorphism, structural deformity, etc
  6. ecology an area, esp a belt of land, having a particular flora and fauna determined by the prevailing environmental conditions
  7. maths a portion of a sphere between two parallel planes intersecting the sphere
  8. sport
    1. a mental state that enables a competitor to perform to the best of his or her ability

      Hingis is in the zone at the moment

    2. modifier of or relating to competitive performance that depends on the mood or state of mind of the participant

      a zone player

  9. archaic.
    a girdle or belt
  10. a section on a transport route; fare stage
  11. a catchment area for pupils for a specific school
  12. in the zone
    See zone


  1. to divide into zones, as for different use, jurisdiction, activities, etc
  2. to designate as a zone
  3. to mark with or divide into zones
  4. to establish (an area) as a zone for a specific school


/ zōn /

  1. Any of the five regions of the surface of the Earth that are loosely divided according to prevailing climate and latitude, including the Torrid Zone, the North and South Temperate zones, and the North and South Frigid zones.
  2. Ecology.
    An area characterized by distinct physical conditions and populated by communities of certain kinds of organisms.
  3. Mathematics.
    A portion of a sphere bounded by the intersections of two parallel planes with the sphere.
  4. Anatomy.
    An area or a region distinguished from adjacent parts by a distinctive feature or characteristic.
  5. Geology.
    A region or stratum distinguished by composition or content.

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Derived Forms

  • ˈzoning, noun

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Other Words From

  • zoneless adjective
  • inter·zone noun
  • mis·zone verb miszoned miszoning
  • un·zone verb (used with object) unzoned unzoning

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Word History and Origins

Origin of zone1

First recorded in 1490–1500; from Latin zōna, from Greek zṓnē “belt”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of zone1

C15: from Latin zōna girdle, climatic zone, from Greek zōnē

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Example Sentences

Across global fire zones, “One common thread is that Indigenous stewardship is something that we can learn from,” said Greenpeace’s Brindis.

From Vox

In other words, larger dead zones would have made for smaller life zones.

She found some zones of closely spaced wide dark bands in the tusks that might indicate stress and seasons of torpor.

I sat down as you do when you go to a war zone, and I had to write a letter to … it literally says “Just in case.”

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As embryos, they still had four zones of germline gene expression, but the subsets of genes expressed in each zone had changed.

Strong currents and winds, however, mean any debris could be drifting up to 31 miles a day eastward, away from the impact zone.

For instance, Best Buy has over 40 million members in its customer loyalty program, Reward Zone.

By drawing boundaries against wrongful conduct, law provides a protective zone of freedom within those boundaries.

South Korean activists are already planning to loft them over the Demilitarized Zone in balloons.

Among the scores of bystanders watching their small town turn into war zone was a Marine veteran who was close with Stone.

Worst danger zone, the open sea, now traversed, but on land not yet out of the wood.

When well stained, a delicate hyaline peripheral zone can be distinguished.

A plaque upon a red corpuscle is surrounded by a colorless zone rather than by a distinct blue body.

It was of a cylindrical shape, having a deep zone at the equator, and a containing capacity of about 300 feet.

We there meet with the fruits of the torrid zone, and near them the apple and the peach of Europe.





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