from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A neutral area between hostile or belligerent forces that serves to prevent conflict.

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  • n. A neutral area, between hostile forces, designed to prevent hostilities
  • n. A transitional area between areas of different land use

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  • n. a neutral zone between two rival powers that is created in order to diminish the danger of conflict


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  • Restricted areas included most cities and a thirty-mile buffer zone along the Chinese border.

    On Yankee Station

  • Crammed into the insulating buffer zone between the powertransfer conduit’s inner and outer hulls.



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