Definition of zone noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//zəʊn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//zoʊn//
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  1. 1  an area or a region with a particular feature or use a war/security/demilitarized, etc. zone an earthquake/danger, etc. zone a pedestrian zone (= where vehicles may not go) see also no-fly zone, time zone, twilight
  2. 2  one of the areas that a larger area is divided into for the purpose of organization postal charges to countries in zone 2
  3. 3an area or a part of an object, especially one that is different from its surroundings When the needle enters the red zone the engine is too hot. the erogenous zones of the body see also crumple zone
  4. 4one of the parts that the earth’s surface is divided into by imaginary lines that are parallel to the equator the northern/southern temperate zone Wordfinderarid, climate, continental climate, equatorial, frigid, harsh, humidity, rainfall, tropical, zone
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from French, or from Latin zona ‘girdle’, from Greek zōnē.Extra examples An enemy plane was shot down after it violated the exclusion zone. Companies within enterprise zones are given special help. Europe is divided into economic zones. Fighter planes are being sent to enforce the UN no-fly zone. Most of the old town is a traffic-free zone. Our truck was trapped in the kill zone. She stood some distance away from him to maintain a safety zone. Students are unwilling to step outside their comfort zone. The Internet has become a free-fire zone for conspiracy theories. The area has been declared a closed military zone. The plant grows only in the temperate zone. The rebels control the southern border zone. The region has been declared an ecological disaster zone. The team finds itself in the relegation zone after a run of poor results. This area behind the station is a no-go zone for tourists. Vancouver is in the same time zone as Los Angeles. We had accidentally strayed into the war zone. We were crossing into a new time zone. a transition zone between tropical and arid vegetations an industrial zone of factories, warehouses and shipyards an oxygen-depleted dead zone at the bottom of the sea the alpine and arid zones of Australia the neutral zone between the two countries the temperate and tropical zones of South America the twilight zone between living and merely existing All countries in zones 1 and 2 have free incoming calls. Half a million people were made homeless throughout the earthquake zone. Medical teams are on standby to fly out to the war zone. The agreement provided for a security zone of 80km on both sides of the border. The main part of the city centre is a pedestrian zone. The ticket may be used on any bus in zone 2. This species is found widely distributed throughout the northern temperate zone.Idioms (North American English, informal) in a state in which you feel confident and are performing at your best When I'm in the zone, writing is the most satisfying thing in the world. see also comfort zone See related entries: Confident
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