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English Dictionary: Zone by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
zone
n
  1. a locally circumscribed place characterized by some distinctive features
  2. any of the regions of the surface of the Earth loosely divided according to latitude or longitude
    Synonym(s): zone, geographical zone
  3. an area or region distinguished from adjacent parts by a distinctive feature or characteristic
  4. (anatomy) any encircling or beltlike structure
    Synonym(s): zone, zona
v
  1. regulate housing in; of certain areas of towns [syn: zone, district]
  2. separate or apportion into sections; "partition a room off"
    Synonym(s): partition, zone
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Zone \Zone\ (z[omac]n), n. [F. zone, L. zona, Gr. zw`nh; akin to
      zwnny`nai to gird, Lith. j[uring]sta a girdle, j[uring]sti to
      gird, Zend y[be]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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Zone \Zone\, v. t.
      To girdle; to encircle. [R.] --Keats.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Zone \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 [bd](a quadrangle 30
            minutes square)[b8] 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.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   zone
  
      A logical group of {network} devices on {AppleTalk}.
  
      (1994-11-30)
  
  
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