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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

I think the idea of the obstruction through the neutral zone and away from the puck was an excellent rule.

-- Mark Messier (Canadian Athlete)

I stay in my own little zone, and that's good for me.

-- Joely Fisher (American Actress)

The Twilight Zone' wasn't around with the kids. They think going up in space is neat. Within their lifetime, there will be paying passengers on the shuttle.

-- Christa McAuliffe (American Astronaut)

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

-- Philippe Perrin (French Astronaut)

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)

If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.

-- Les Brown (American Businessman)

The only time in my career prior to that I played an evil character was in 'The Twilight Zone'.

-- Morgan Brittany (American Actress)

The mind can also be an erogenous zone.

-- Raquel Welch (American Actress)

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)

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

-- Wade Boggs (American Athlete)

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

-- Jean-Pierre Raffarin (French 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)

As all of us with any involvement in sports knows, no two umpires or no two referees have the same strike zone or call the same kind of a basketball game.

-- Herb Kohl (American Politician)

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

-- Bill Mumy (American Actor)

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

-- Zac Efron (American Actor)

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)

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)

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

-- Martha Beck (American Author)

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

-- Connie Sellecca (American Actress)

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

-- Roger Mudd (American Journalist)

I believe in a zone of privacy.

-- Hillary Clinton (American Politician)

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

-- Tom Felton (English Actor)

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)

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

-- Christiane Amanpour (English Journalist)

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)

The time of illusion, then, is the beautiful moment of passion; it represents the artistic zone in which the poet or romance writer ought to be free to do the very best that he can.

-- Lafcadio Hearn (Japanese Author)


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