A zone is an area that has some special characteristic, like a loading zone.

"The Twilight Zone" was a TV show where odd things happened. Similarly, any zone is a place that has some special feature. A loading zone is a spot where cars and trucks can unload things and people. A military zone is a place under control of the armed forces. To create a zone is called zoning: zoning breaks something into parts or sections. An election board zones an area into separate zones such as districts.

Definitions of zone
  1. noun
    an area or region distinguished from adjacent parts by a distinctive feature or characteristic
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    Panama Canal Zone
    a zone consisting of a strip of land across the Isthmus of Panama that contains the Panama Canal
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    buffer, buffer zone
    a neutral zone between two rival powers that is created in order to diminish the danger of conflict
    combat area, combat zone
    a military area where combat forces operate
    danger zone
    a dangerous area
    DMZ, demilitarized zone
    a zone from which military forces or operations or installations are prohibited
    drop zone, dropping zone
    an agreed area where military supplies are dropped to ground troops
    kill zone, killing zone
    an area where a battle has occurred with many fatalities
    strike zone
    (baseball) the area over home plate between a batter's knees and shoulders through which a pitch must pass in order to be called a strike
    tidal zone
    an area subject to tidal action
    war zone
    a combat zone where military operations are coordinated (especially a designated area in international waters where the rights of neutrals are not respected by nations at war)
    bridgehead, foothold
    an area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies
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    part, region
    the extended spatial location of something
  2. noun
    a locally circumscribed place characterized by some distinctive features
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    a zone or area resembling an island
    kitchen island
    an unattached counter in a kitchen that permits access from all sides
    safety island, safety isle, safety zone, traffic island
    a curbed area in a roadway from which traffic is excluded; provides safe area for pedestrians
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    place, spot, topographic point
    a point located with respect to surface features of some region
  3. noun
    any of the regions of the surface of the Earth loosely divided according to latitude or longitude
    synonyms: geographical zone
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    South Frigid Zone
    the region around the south pole: Antarctica and surrounding waters
    North Frigid Zone
    the regions to the north of the Arctic Circle centered on the North Pole
    North Temperate Zone
    Temperate Zone between the Arctic Circle and the Tropic of Cancer
    South Temperate Zone
    Temperate Zone between the Antarctic Circle and the Tropic of Capricorn
    tropical zone
    the part of the Earth's surface between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn; characterized by a hot climate
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    climatic zone
    any of the geographical zones loosely divided according to prevailing climate and latitude
    time zone
    any of the 24 regions of the globe (loosely divided by longitude) throughout which the same standard time is used
    transit zone
    a six million square mile area that includes the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern Pacific Ocean; includes the principal routes used by drug smugglers
    Frigid Zone, polar region, polar zone
    the part of the Earth's surface forming a cap over a pole; characterized by frigid climate
    Temperate Zone
    the part of the Earth's surface between the Arctic Circle and the Tropic of Cancer or between the Antarctic Circle and the Tropic of Capricorn; characterized by temperate climate
    semitropics, subtropics
    regions adjacent to the tropics
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    geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region
    a demarcated area of the Earth
  4. noun
    (anatomy) any encircling or beltlike structure
    synonyms: zona
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    zona pellucida
    thick membrane around the mammalian ovum; can be penetrated by one sperm in the fertilization process; usually remains around the fertilized egg until it is implanted in the wall of the uterus
    zonula, zonule
    small beltlike zone
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    anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure
    a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing
  5. verb
    separate or apportion into sections
    synonyms: partition
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    screen off, separate off
    partition by means of a divider, such as a screen
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    divide, separate
    make a division or separation
  6. verb
    regulate housing in; of certain areas of towns
    synonyms: district
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    govern, order, regularise, regularize, regulate
    bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations
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