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Zone. n.s. [ζωνὴ; zona, Latin.]

  1. A girdle.

                    The middle part
    Girt like a starry zone his waist, and round
    Skirted his loins, and thighs, with downy gold
    And colours dipp'd in heav'n.
    Milton's Paradise Lost.

    An embroider'd zone surrounds her waist. Dryden.

    Thy statues, Venus, though by Phidias' hands
    Design'd immortal, yet no longer stands;
    The magick of thy shining zone is past,
    But Salisbury's garter shall for ever last.

    Scarce could the goddess from her nymph be known,
    But by the crescent and the golden zone.

  2. A division of the earth.

    The whole surface of the earth is divided into five zones: the first is contained between the two tropicks and is called the torrid zone. There are two temperate zones, and two frigid zones. The northern temperate zone is terminated by the tropick of Cancer and the artick polar circle: the southern temperate zone is contained between the tropick of Capricorn and the polar circle: the frigid zones are circumscribed by the polar circles, and the poles are in their centers.

    True love is still the same: the torrid zones,
    And those more frigid ones,
    It must not know:
    For love grown cold or hot,
    Is lust or friendship, not
    The thing we show;
    For that's a flame would die,
    Held down or up too high:
    Then think I love more than I can express,
    And would love more, could I but love thee less.

    As five zones th' etherial regions bind,
    Five correspondent are to earth assign'd:
    The sun, with rays directly darting down,
    Fires all beneath, and fries the middle zone.

  3. Circuit; circumference.

                      Scarce the sun
    Hath finish'd half his journey, and scarce begins
    His other half in the great zone of heav'n.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Granville, George (23) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Suckling, John (16)

Attributes: Greek (126) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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