Meaning of ZONE in English


I. ˈzōn noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin zona belt, zone, from Greek zōnē; akin to Lithuanian juosti to gird

Date: 15th century


a. : any of five great divisions of the earth's surface with respect to latitude and temperature — compare frigid zone , temperate zone , torrid zone

b. : a portion of the surface of a sphere included between two parallel planes

2. archaic : girdle , belt


a. : an encircling anatomical structure


(1) : a subdivision of a biogeographic region that supports a similar fauna and flora throughout its extent

(2) : such a zone dominated by a particular life form

c. : a distinctive belt, layer, or series of layers of earth materials (as rock)

4. : a region or area set off as distinct from surrounding or adjoining parts

5. : one of the sections of an area or territory created for a particular purpose: as

a. : a zoned section of a city


(1) : any of the eight concentric bands of territory centered on a given postal shipment point designated as a distance bracket for United States parcel post to which mail is charged at a single rate

(2) : a distance within which the same fare is charged by a common carrier

c. : an area on a field of play

d. : a stretch of roadway or a space in which certain traffic regulations are in force

6. : zone defense

7. : a temporary state of heightened concentration experienced by a performing athlete that enables peak performance

players in the zone

II. transitive verb

( zoned ; zon·ing )

Date: 1782

1. : to surround with a zone : encircle

2. : to arrange in or mark off into zones ; specifically : to partition (a city, borough, or township) by ordinance into sections reserved for different purposes (as residence or business)

• zon·er noun

III. adjective

Date: 1795

1. : zonal 1

2. : of, relating to, or occurring in a zone defense

a zone press

a zone blitz

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.