Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To make a continuous low-pitched buzzing or humming sound.
  • intransitive verb To move while making such a sound.
  • intransitive verb To move rapidly.
  • intransitive verb To increase suddenly and dramatically.
  • intransitive verb To act or proceed swiftly and energetically.
  • intransitive verb To simulate movement rapidly away from or toward a subject using a zoom lens or other optical device.
  • intransitive verb Computers To cause text or other graphics in a window or frame to appear larger on the screen.
  • intransitive verb To cause to zoom.
  • noun The act or sound of zooming.
  • noun A zoom lens.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a humming noise from something moving very fast
  • noun a quick ascent
  • noun a big increase
  • noun an augmentation of a view as with a lens
  • verb to move fast with a humming noise
  • verb to fly an airplane straight up
  • verb to move rapidly
  • verb to go up sharply
  • verb to change the focal length of a zoom lens
  • verb to manipulate a display so as to magnify or shrink it

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb rise rapidly
  • noun the act of rising upward into the air
  • verb move with a low humming noise
  • verb move along very quickly
  • noun a rapid rise

Etymologies

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

[Imitative.]

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1892 verb, 1918 noun, 1942 interjection. Originally imitative of a sound.

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