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:


We should be therefore supporting a larger Europe, and in so doing we should strive to expand the zone of peace and prosperity in the world which is the necessary foundation for a stable international system in which our leadership could be fruitfully exercised.

-- Zbigniew Brzezinski (American Politician)

I was so happy that it filmed in New York not only because it's an amazing city, but also because a lot of people across the world somehow started to think about New York as a dangerous place to be and envisioned it as some war zone after that happened.

-- Alicia Witt (American Actress)

There is a comfort zone of knowing where things are going and having characters in place, but the action gets more and more dramatic and is very challenging to describe.

-- Jerry B. Jenkins (American Novelist)

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 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)

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

-- Martha Beck (American Author)

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)

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 ( -)

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 ( -)

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)

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

-- Zac Efron (American Actor)

I didn't get over 1300 walks without knowing the strike zone.

-- Wade Boggs (American Athlete)

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)

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

-- Zbigniew Brzezinski (American Politician)

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)

In the pregnancy process I have come to realize how much of the burden is on the female partner. She's got a construction zone going on in her belly.

-- Al Roker (American Entertainer)

Act like you expect to get into the end zone.

-- Christopher Morley (American Author)

I hate losing and cricket being my first love, once I enter the ground it's a different zone altogether and that hunger for winning is always there.

-- Sachin Tendulkar (Indian Athlete)

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)

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)

So you have to force yourself out of a comfort zone and really try to figure out what are the key ingredients, the key skill sets, the key perspectives that are necessary, and then figure out a way to attract the very best people to fill those particular roles.

-- Steve Case (American Businessman)

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)

We were able to flood the zone immediately.

-- Jonathan Klein (South African Businessman)

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)

So I had to just kind of go back to the hotel, take a shower, sit quiet, dig down deep, warm up, and allow myself to move into some kind of zone. And then I remembered that a lot of my favorite musical moments are not about perfection.

-- Kathy Mattea (American Musician)

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

-- Tom Felton (English Actor)

I'm at a point where I don't have to wait for the income from the record to survive, so I'm in a comfortable zone, but I'll make rap records as long as I feel I have something to rap about.

-- Ice T (American Musician)

People always seem to assume that we have a full, back-up support team - make-up, costume and a driver - but usually, in a war zone, there's only me and the cameraman.

-- Kate Adie (British Journalist)

The human race is a zone of living things that should be defined by tracing its confines.

-- Italo Calvino (Italian Journalist)

But the time has come for journalists to acknowledge that a zone of privacy does exist.

-- Roger Mudd (American Journalist)

I think one of the most difficult challenges in show business is the challenge of longevity and to constantly realize and reveal what's already been there - like doing stage and singing and dancing in New York. I haven't been that far out of my comfort zone in a while.

-- Blair Underwood (American Actor)

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

-- Bill Mumy (American Actor)

Fourth, we might have declared an embargo against the shipping from American ports of any merchandise to either one of these governments that persisted in maintaining its military zone.

-- George William Norris (American Politician)

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

-- Joseph Jarman (American Musician)

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

-- Connie Sellecca (American Actress)


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