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:


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)

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)

You can easily die racing to cover a bank robbery as you can in a war zone.

-- Jessica Savitch (American Journalist)

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

-- Connie Sellecca (American Actress)

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)

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

-- Roger Mudd (American Journalist)

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 mind can also be an erogenous zone.

-- Raquel Welch (American Actress)

I believe in a zone of privacy.

-- Hillary Clinton (American Politician)

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'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)

Act like you expect to get into the end zone.

-- Christopher Morley (American Author)

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 was deep in the zone of practicing almost constantly.

-- Pat Metheny (American Musician)

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)

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

-- Morgan Brittany (American Actress)

We were able to flood the zone immediately.

-- Jonathan Klein (South African Businessman)

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)

A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.

-- Denis Waitley (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)

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)

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)

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

-- Mark Messier (Canadian Athlete)

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)

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)

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 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 ( -)

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

-- Theodore Roosevelt (American President)

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)

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)

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)

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)

The Kurdish people welcome the no-fly zone protection, contrary to the Iraqi regime that is against it.

-- Jalal Talabani (Iraqi Politician)

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

-- Zbigniew Brzezinski (American Politician)

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)


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