zone something out
(also zoner) A person intoxicated with narcotics, esp habitually so; space cadet (1960s+ Narcotics)
To be inattentive; be hazily preoccupied: He zoned so bad he didn’t even hear the teacher call his name/ I was kind of zonin’, checking things out (1980s+)
[fr ozone, ”a very high level of the atmosphere”]
- Zone system
a system for envisioning the values to appear in a black-and-white print and for determining exposure and development, based on a scale of shades ranging from 0 (black) to IX (white). Historical Examples When the introduction of the zone system was first advocated in Hungary it was opposed by just such men and just such […]
- Zone time
standard time as applied at sea, reckoned according to the system of time zones.
. zone of leaching See A horizon.
any continuous tract or area that differs in some respect, or is distinguished for some purpose, from adjoining tracts or areas, or within which certain distinctive circumstances exist or are established. Geography. any of five great divisions of the earth’s surface, bounded by lines parallel to the equator and named according to the prevailing temperature. […]