Definitions for: Zone


[n] (anatomy) any encircling or beltlike structure
[n] an area or region distinguished from adjacent parts by a distinctive feature or characteristic
[n] any of the regions of the surface of the Earth loosely divided according to latitude or longitude
[n] a circumscribed geographical region characterized by some distinctive features
[v] separate or apportion into sections; "partition a room off"
[v] regulate housing in; of certain areas of towns



Webster (1913) Definition: Zone, n.
1. (Biogeography) An area or part of a region characterized
by uniform or similar animal and plant life; a life zone;
as, Littoral zone, Austral zone, etc.

Note: The zones, or life zones, commonly recognized for North
America are Arctic, Hudsonian, Canadian, Transition,
Upper Austral, Lower Austral, and Tropical.

2. (Cryst.) A series of faces whose intersection lines with
each other are parallel.

3. (Railroad Econ.)
(a) The aggregate of stations, in whatsoever direction or
on whatsoever line of railroad, situated between
certain maximum and minimum limits from a point at
which a shipment of traffic originates.
(b) Any circular or ring-shaped area within which the
street-car companies make no differences of fare.

4. In the United States parcel-post system, any of the areas
about any point of shipment for which but one rate of
postage is charged for a parcel post shipment from that
point. The rate increases from within outwards. The first
zone includes the unit of area ``(a quadrangle 30 minutes
square)'' in which the place of shipment is situated and
the 8 contiguous units; the outer limits of the second to
the seventh zones, respectively, are approximately 150,
300, 600, 1000, 1400, and 1800 miles from the point of
shipment; the eighth zone includes all units of area
outside the seventh zone.


Zone (z[=o]n), n. [F. zone, L. zona, Gr. zw`nh; akin to
zwnny`nai to gird, Lith. j[*u]sta a girdle, j[*u]sti to gird,
Zend y[=a]h.]
1. A girdle; a cincture. [Poetic]

An embroidered zone surrounds her waist. --Dryden.

Loose were her tresses seen, her zone unbound.
--Collins.

2. (Geog.) One of the five great divisions of the earth, with
respect to latitude and temperature.

Note: The zones are five: the torrid zone, extending from
tropic to tropic 46[deg] 56[min], or 23[deg] 28[min] on
each side of the equator; two temperate or variable
zones, situated between the tropics and the polar
circles; and two frigid zones, situated between the
polar circles and the poles.

Commerce . . . defies every wind, outrides every
tempest, and invades. --Bancroft.

3. (Math.) The portion of the surface of a sphere included
between two parallel planes; the portion of a surface of
revolution included between two planes perpendicular to
the axis. --Davies & Peck (Math. Dict.)

4. (Nat. Hist.)
(a) A band or stripe extending around a body.
(b) A band or area of growth encircling anything; as, a
zone of evergreens on a mountain; the zone of animal
or vegetable life in the ocean around an island or a
continent; the Alpine zone, that part of mountains
which is above the limit of tree growth.

5. (Crystallog.) A series of planes having mutually parallel
intersections.

6. Circuit; circumference. [R.] --Milton.

Abyssal zone. (Phys. Geog.) See under Abyssal.

Zone axis (Crystallog.), a straight line passing through
the center of a crystal, to which all the planes of a
given zone are parallel.


Zone, v. t.
To girdle; to encircle. [R.] --Keats.

Synonyms: district, geographical zone, partition, zona

See Also: anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, Canal Zone, climatic zone, combat zone, complex body part, danger zone, divide, drop zone, dropping zone, geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region, govern, island, order, Panama Canal Zone, part, region, regularize, regulate, screen off, separate, separate off, structure, tidal zone, time zone, zona pellucida, zonula, zonule

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Famous Quotes Containing Zone:


Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.

-- Brian Tracy (American Author)

The first war zone was declared by Great Britain. She gave us and the world notice of it on the 4th day of November, 1914. The zone became effective Nov. 5, 1914.

-- George William Norris (American Politician)

Well, I just finished starring in a new episode of the new The Twilight Zone television series.

-- Bill Mumy (American Actor)

I do give a great deal of forethought and zone in on character and all sorts of things like that. Never before have I just stuffed something away in the back cupboard of my brain because it was just such a crazy concept.

-- Greg Kinnear (American Actor)

I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also.

-- Theodore Roosevelt (American President)

You lose your habitual behavior, which allowed you to sort of zone out. You have to be here, you have to be now, you have to be present.

-- Sally Field (American Actress)

That's the best thing about writing, when you're in that zone, you're porous, ready to absorb the solution.

-- Michael Chabon (American Author)

But if Russia is to be part of this larger zone of peace it cannot bring into it its imperial baggage. It cannot bring into it a policy of genocide against the Chechens, and cannot kill journalists, and it cannot repress the mass media.

-- Zbigniew Brzezinski (American Politician)

In addition to contributing to erosion, pollution, food poisoning, and the dead zone, corn requires huge amounts of fossil fuel - it takes a half gallon of fossil fuel to produce a bushel of corn.

-- Michael Pollan (American Educator)

To the degree we're not living our dreams, our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves.

-- Peter McWilliams (American Writer)

The system adopted in the Latin American instrument proves that, although no state can obligate another to join such a zone, neither can one prevent others wishing to do so from adhering to a regime of total absence of nuclear weapons within their own territories.

-- Alfonso G. Robles ( -)

We are also assisting the refugees who have fled across the border to Chad. As many of them have been subject to attacks by militia crossing from Sudan, UNHCR is mounting a major logistical operation to establish camps and transfer refugees away from the border zone.

-- Jan Egeland (Norwegian Public Servant)

The successful establishment of a buffer zone around Fort Carson will provide an example for other bases around the country as we seek to protect the training mission of the U.S. military while preserving critical habitats on our ranges.

-- Wayne Allard (American Politician)

You had to pitch in and out. The zone didn't belong to the hitters; it belonged to the pitchers. Today, if you pitch too far inside, the umpire would stop you right there. I don't think it's fair.

-- Juan Marichal (American Athlete)

To increase the zone of peace is to build the inner core of a stable international zone.

-- Zbigniew Brzezinski (American Politician)

We found out tonight how important and how crucial momentum swings can be. I thought we were playing very well. We were doing a lot of positive things but then we lost the puck two times in our zone and things swung their way. You can't afford to give teams momentum.

-- Saku Koivu (Finnish Athlete)

Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.

-- Louis Aragon (French Poet)

Nevertheless, I do know that we are part of a danger zone, we have military operations in Afghanistan and we're training the Iraqi police force. The terrorists also have us in their sights.

-- Otto Schily (German Public Servant)

The mind can also be an erogenous zone.

-- Raquel Welch (American Actress)

I've been fortunate in that I've been forced to move from zone to zone.

-- Joseph Jarman (American Musician)

Furthermore, the Latin American nuclear-weapon free zone which is now nearing completion has become in several respects an example which, notwithstanding the different characteristics of each region, is rich in inspiration.

-- Alfonso G. Robles ( -)

Hopeful thinking can get you out of your fear zone and into your appreciation zone.

-- Martha Beck (American Author)

I have spent the past ten years in just about every war zone there was.

-- Christiane Amanpour (English Journalist)

Most journalists now believe that a person's privacy zone gets smaller and smaller as the person becomes more and more powerful.

-- Roger Mudd (American Journalist)

I've been as a pilot involved in the Gulf War. And then, in the No-Fly Zone.

-- Philippe Perrin (French Astronaut)

The north of the Central African Republic is now a war zone, with rival armed bands burning villages, kidnapping children, robbing travelers and killing people with impunity.

-- Nicholas D. Kristof (American Writer)

If you look at the data, the inner city that was the riot zone lost 55,000 jobs in the ten years from 1992 to 2002, instead of gaining a surplus of 50,000.

-- Tom Hayden (American Politician)

Shortly afterwards my father told me that he might be going into the Eastern Zone of Germany. At that time my own mind was closer to his than it had ever been before, because he also believed that they are at least trying to build a new world.

-- Klaus Fuchs (German Physicist)

I love working with a stylist but I also love having personal relationships with designers. A stylist is great for pulling together an entire outfit, accessories included, and for shaking me out of my comfort zone.

-- Elizabeth Banks (American Actress)

Working out is my biggest hobby. It's my Zen hour. I just zone out.

-- Zac Efron (American Actor)

It is really hard for me to get out of my comfort zone.

-- Connie Sellecca (American Actress)

I'm generally more and more in my comfort zone in the wild.

-- Tom Felton (English Actor)

There were probably about five games in my career where everything was moving in slow motion and you could be out there all day, totally in the zone, and you don't even know where you are on the field, everything is just totally blocked out.

-- Lawrence Taylor ( Athlete)

It's a war zone. Terrible things happen.

-- Eason Jordan (American Journalist)

A country like France now does two-thirds of its trade within the euro zone.

-- Jean-Pierre Raffarin (French Politician)


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