zoning

[ zoh-ning ]
/ ˈzoʊ nɪŋ /

adjective

(especially in city planning) of or relating to the division of an area into zones, as to restrict the number and types of buildings and their uses: zoning laws.

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 zoning

First recorded in 1810–20; zone + -ing2

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for zoning

zone

/ (zəʊn) /

noun

verb (tr)

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 zoning

zone

n.

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 zoning

zoning

[ zōnĭng ]

n.

An unexpectedly strong immunologic reaction in a small amount of serum, probably the result of high antibody titer.

zone

[ zōn ]

n.

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

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Science definitions for zoning

zone

[ zōn ]

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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Culture definitions for zoning

zoning

The establishment by local governments of districts that are restricted to various types of manufacturing, commercial, or residential use.

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