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:


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)

It's a war zone. Terrible things happen.

-- Eason Jordan (American Journalist)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Mark Messier (Canadian 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)

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

-- Philippe Perrin (French Astronaut)

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)

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

-- Martha Beck (American Author)

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)

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)

The mind can also be an erogenous zone.

-- Raquel Welch (American Actress)

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

-- Morgan Brittany (American Actress)

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 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)

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 ( -)

When I feel like I'm doing my best work, there is a bit of a freedom, a bit of flight that you're not so much losing yourself but you're sort of in the zone.

-- Chris Cooper (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 took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also.

-- Theodore Roosevelt (American President)

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

-- Jessica Savitch (American Journalist)

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

-- Tom Felton (English Actor)

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)

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

-- Jean-Pierre Raffarin (French Politician)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Roger Mudd (American Journalist)

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)


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