Nearby words

  1. zonally,
  2. zonary,
  3. zonate,
  4. zonation,
  5. zond,
  6. zone defense,
  7. zone line,
  8. zone melting,
  9. zone of accumulation,
  10. zone of avoidance

Origin of zone

1490–1500; < Latin zōna < Greek zṓnē belt

Related formszone·less, adjectivein·ter·zone, nounmis·zone, verb, mis·zoned, mis·zon·ing.un·zone, verb (used with object), un·zoned, un·zon·ing.

Synonym study

1. See belt. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for zone

British Dictionary definitions for zone



a region, area, or section characterized by some distinctive feature or quality
a sphere of thought, disagreement, argument, etc
an area subject to a particular political, military, or government function, use, or jurisdictiona demilitarized zone
(often capital) geography one of the divisions of the earth's surface, esp divided into latitudinal belts according to temperatureSee Torrid Zone, Frigid Zone, Temperate Zone
geology a distinctive layer or region of rock, characterized by particular fossils (zone fossils), metamorphism, structural deformity, etc
ecology an area, esp a belt of land, having a particular flora and fauna determined by the prevailing environmental conditions
maths a portion of a sphere between two parallel planes intersecting the sphere
  1. a mental state that enables a competitor to perform to the best of his or her abilityHingis 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 participanta zone player
archaic, or literary a girdle or belt
NZ a section on a transport route; fare stage
NZ a catchment area for pupils for a specific school
in the zone See zone (def. 8)

verb (tr)

to divide into zones, as for different use, jurisdiction, activities, etc
to designate as a zone
to mark with or divide into zones
NZ to establish (an area) as a zone for a specific school
Derived Formszoning, noun

Word Origin for zone

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

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Word Origin and History 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.

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Medicine definitions for zone




An area or a region distinguished from adjacent parts by a distinctive feature or characteristic.
A segment.

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Science definitions for zone



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.
Ecology An area characterized by distinct physical conditions and populated by communities of certain kinds of organisms.
Mathematics A portion of a sphere bounded by the intersections of two parallel planes with the sphere.
Anatomy An area or a region distinguished from adjacent parts by a distinctive feature or characteristic.
Geology A region or stratum distinguished by composition or content.
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