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The Collaborative Dictionary

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.]
A girdle; a cincture. [Poetic] [1913 Webster] An embroidered zone surrounds her waist. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Loose were her tresses seen, her zone unbound. --Collins. [1913 Webster]
(Geog.) One of the five great divisions of the earth, with respect to latitude and temperature. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Commerce . . . defies every wind, outrides every tempest, and invades. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]
(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.) [1913 Webster]
(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. [1913 Webster]
(Crystallog.) A series of planes having mutually parallel intersections. [1913 Webster]
Circuit; circumference. [R.] --Milton. [1913 Webster]
(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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
(Cryst.) A series of faces whose intersection lines with each other are parallel. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
(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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
any area to or within which a shipment or transportation cost is constant; specifically, 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. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC] 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. [1913 Webster]
Zone \Zone\, v. t. To girdle; to encircle. [R.] --Keats. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

zone

Noun

1 a circumscribed geographical region characterized by some distinctive features
2 any of the regions of the surface of the Earth loosely divided according to latitude or longitude [syn: geographical zone]
3 an area or region distinguished from adjacent parts by a distinctive feature or characteristic
4 (anatomy) any encircling or beltlike structure [syn: zona]

Verb

1 regulate housing in; of certain areas of towns [syn: district]
2 separate or apportion into sections; "partition a room off" [syn: partition]
see Zone

English

Etymology

From zona < sc=Grek

Pronunciation

  • /zəʊn/
  • /z@Un/

Noun

  1. An area distinguished on the basis of a particular characteristic, use, restriction, etc.
    There is a no-smoking zone that extends 25 feet outside of each entrance.
    The white zone is for loading and unloading only.
  2. Short for the strike zone.
    That pitch was low and away, just outside of the zone.
  3. especially sport A high performance phase or period.
    I just got in a zone late in the game, everything was going in.
  4. In the context of "networking": That collection of a domain's DNS resource records, the domain and it's subdomains, that are not delegated to another authority.
  5. In the context of "Apple computing": A logical group of network devices on AppleTalk.
  6. A belt worn by priests in the Greek Orthodox church.
    • http://www.roca.org/OA/32/32f.htm
      In putting on the zone or belt, worn by both bishops and priests, he says: "Blessed is God, Who girded me with power, and hath made my path blameless..." (Ps. 47:32-33). The zone denotes the priest's readiness to serve the Lord and is also a sign that he is bound to Christ.

Derived terms

Translations

area distinguished on the basis of a particular characteristic etc
  • Finnish: alue, vyöhyke
  • Japanese: 地帯, 地域, 地区, 場所
  • Russian: зона, пояс, район, полоса, область
  • Spanish: zona
baseball: strike zone
  • Japanese: ストライクゾーン
high performance phase or period
networking: that collection of a domain's DNS resource records that are not delegated to another authority
computing: logical group of network devices on AppleTalk
religion: belt worn by priests in the Greek Orthodox church
  • Finnish: vyö
  • trreq Japanese
  • Russian: пояс

Verb

  1. To divide into or assign sections or areas.
    Please zone off our staging area, a section for each group.
  2. To define the property use classification of an area.
    This area was zoned for industrial use.
  3. To temporarily enter a daydream state, for instance as a result of boredom, fatigue, or intoxication; to doze off.
    I must have zoned while he was giving us the directions.

Derived terms

Translations

to divide or assign areas
  • Finnish: jakaa (alueisiin), rajata pois (to zone off)
  • Japanese: 区分けする, 仕切る
  • Spanish: dividir en zonas
to define property use classification
  • Finnish: kaavoittaa
  • Japanese: 区分けする, 仕切る
  • Spanish: declarar
to temporarily enter a daydream state
  • Finnish: uinahtaa, pilkkiä, sammahtaa
  • trreq Japanese: qualifier colloquial ぼーっとする

French

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. zone

Italian

Noun

zone
  1. Plural of zona

Romanian

Pronunciation

Noun

zone f|p
  1. Plural of zonă zones
Zone (from Greek ζωνη) originally meant a belt, worn in various forms by ancient Greek men and women, as in the Orthodox priestly Zone (vestment), later extended by analogy to the idea of dividing the earth into latitudinal belts or climes. It now may mean a general region or domain in many contexts.
In geography:
In entertainment and literature:
  • "The Zone", the fictional area central to the story of the Andrei Tarkovsky movie Stalker
In technology:
  • DNS zone, a portion of the namespace in the Domain Name System
  • Fibre Channel zoning, a method for facilitating low interference and high security in computer data storage systems
  • Solaris Zones, one component of the Solaris Containers virtualization feature first available as part of Solaris 10
  • A thermal zone, or just zone, in heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC)
  • Zone, a short name for DVD Region code
Other:
  • Erogenous zone, an area on the body which is sexually stimulating
  • "The zone", or flow, a mental state attained by a person fully immersed in some activity
  • "The Zone", a brand of gymnastic leotard
  • Zone defense, in basketball
  • Zone diet, a diet that involves precise proportions by weight of protein, fat and carbohydrate
  • The Zone (Michigan), the University of Michigan women's volleyball cheering section
  • Zone system, a method of taking black-and-white pictures
  • Zone (vestment), a belt worn by priests and bishops of the Eastern Orthodox Church
zone in Danish: Zone
zone in German: Zone (Begriffsklärung)
zone in French: Zone
zone in Indonesian: Zona
zone in Dutch: Zone
zone in Japanese: ゾーン
zone in Polish: Strefa
zone in Russian: Зона
zone in Ukrainian: Зона
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