Meaning of ZONE in English


n. & v.


1. an area having particular features, properties, purpose, or use (danger zone; erogenous zone; smokeless zone).

2 any well-defined region of more or less beltlike form.

3 a an area between two exact or approximate concentric circles. b a part of the surface of a sphere enclosed between two parallel planes, or of a cone or cylinder etc., between such planes cutting it perpendicularly to the axis.

4 (in full time zone) a range of longitudes where a common standard time is used.

5 Geol. etc. a range between specified limits of depth, height, etc., esp. a section of strata distinguished by characteristic fossils.

6 Geog. any of five divisions of the earth bounded by circles parallel to the equator (see FRIGID, TEMPERATE, TORRID).

7 an encircling band or stripe distinguishable in colour, texture, or character from the rest of the object encircled.

8 archaic a belt or girdle worn round the body.

1. encircle as or with a zone.

2 arrange or distribute by zones.

3 assign as or to a particular area.


zonal adj. zoning n. (in sense 3 of v.).

Etymology: F zone or L zona girdle f. Gk zone

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.