Definition of dead zone in English:

dead zone

noun

  • 1A place or period in which nothing happens or in which no life exists.

    ‘the week before Christmas is always a dead zone at work’
    • ‘The result is an oxygen-depleted dead zone at the bottom of the sea where few creatures can survive. A massive dead zone appears every summer in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana and Texas.’
    • ‘The increasing level of bioactive nitrogen is also being cited as a cause of dead zones in the ocean due to microbial overgrowth.’
    • ‘In the Mississippi River Basin, some of that nitrogen eventually ends up in the Gulf of Mexico, where it can create periodic dead zones.’
    • ‘So, basically, these dead zones, would be water with no extra oxygen (beyond the water molecule). Is that what you're saying?’
    • ‘Devoid of dissolved oxygen, the dead zone owed its existence to massive flows of fertilizers collected by the Mississippi and its tributaries.’
    • ‘Irrigation, agricultural and urban run-off has caused dead zones in many rivers and lakes, and in some oceans.’
    • ‘However, some agricultural industry groups contend that there is not enough evidence to link farm runoff to red tides or dead zones.’
    • ‘Removal of key predators and entire layers of the food chain set off sequences of events that are now culminating in toxic algal blooms, dead zones, outbreaks of diseases, and other symptoms of ecological instability.’
    • ‘The collapse of fishery after fishery, creating vast underwater dead zones, is vivid proof of that.’
    • ‘The results of their studies could affect farming practices throughout the humid regions of the United States and may also help reduce the size of the so-called dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.’
    • ‘As bacteria break down the diatoms in these dead zones, hydrogen sulfide gas is generated as a byproduct.’
    • ‘The main cause of dead zones is nitrogen, primarily from agricultural fertilizers that run off into rivers and streams and then into the ocean, where they cause massive algae blooms.’
    • ‘Go to the bottom of the oceans, not Mars, and set up operations to clean up the oceans and rebuild some of the manmade dead zones in the seas.’
    • ‘‘We can see what's going on in North Carolina,’ where nutrient runoff from hog factory waste has created biological dead zones along the coast.’
    • ‘That excessive fishing and pollution have created giant dead zones in the ocean.’
    • ‘For example, researchers in New Orleans designed a submersible sensor to monitor harmful algal species, such as those responsible for red tide and dead zones.’
    • ‘Pollution, particularly the overuse of nitrogen in fertilizers, is responsible for the spread of dead zones, environment ministers and experts from more than 100 countries were told.’
    • ‘And fertilizers in the Mississippi have created dead zones where fish cannot live.’
    • ‘The research also found that biodiversity loss is tightly linked to declining water quality, harmful algal blooms, ocean dead zones, fish kills, and coastal flooding.’
    • ‘Today, oyster beds are one percent of their historic high and more than 40 percent of the waters are dead zones - too starved of oxygen to sustain aquatic life.’
    1. 1.1 An area of the ocean that is depleted of oxygen, frequently due to pollution.
      • ‘The vast ' dead zone ' in the Gulf of Mexico is the result of intensive farming in the Mississippi River Valley.’
      • ‘In the Gulf, a growing hypoxic - oxygen-starved - dead zone is killing shellfish.’
      • ‘There are lagoons within the Nile Delta where such dead zones have already appeared.’
      • ‘Even the oceans are polluted: 7,000 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico are a dead zone.’
      • ‘Devoid of dissolved oxygen, the dead zone owed its existence to massive flows of fertilizers collected by the Mississippi and its tributaries.’
      • ‘The increasing level of bioactive nitrogen is also being cited as a cause of dead zones in the ocean due to microbial overgrowth.’
      • ‘With demand for corn growing, experts say the dead zone is likely to expand in coming years, an environmental hazard that threatens Louisiana's sea food industry.’
      • ‘The dead zone typically begins in the spring and persists into the summer.’
      • ‘The dead zone area encompassed more than 6,000 square miles this year.’
      • ‘Worldwide, there are 146 dead zones - areas of water that are too low in oxygen to sustain life.’
      • ‘That excessive fishing and pollution have created giant dead zones in the ocean.’
      • ‘More than 400 species of wildlife are threatened by a spreading "dead zone" with dangerously low levels of oxygen.’
      • ‘The dead zone forces fish to seek better water, which may be a reason for the recent shark bites on Texas beaches.’
      • ‘Some experts think the shifting winds are changing the timing of the upwelling, and in turn, the size of the dead zone.’
      • ‘The Gulf of Mexico, for example, contains a notorious oxygen-depleted "dead zone" caused by agricultural run-off from the Mississippi River.’
      • ‘However, some agricultural industry groups contend that there is not enough evidence to link farm runoff to red tides or dead zones.’
      • ‘Excessive organic material in coastal waters creates a "dead zone" of almost no oxygen in the upper Texas gulf.’
      • ‘They knew the flooding would expand the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone.’
      • ‘The end result is a dead zone at the Gulf of Mexico that is larger than the state of New Jersey.’
      • ‘Pollution is spawning "killer algae" and ocean "dead zones."’
  • 2A place where it is not possible to receive a mobile phone or radio signal.

    • ‘My whole house seems to have turned into a wireless dead zone!’
    • ‘The commercial merits of the technology are self-evident: Say good-bye to dead zones and lack of interoperability between police and firefighter radios.’
    • ‘The system offers a nifty solution to dead zones in your house where your cell phone doesn't work.’
    • ‘These dead zones will most likely fall to you, the technology project manager, to install, maintain and monitor.’
    • ‘" Previously the elevator was a dead zone.’
    • ‘Here's what you need: Oliver Burkeman's guide to the world's communication dead zones’
    • ‘In one case, we inadvertently put a repeater smack in the middle of a dead zone, where it sat, uselessly hunting for a signal to amplify.’
    • ‘Signal dead zones exist on campus, most notably the residences which apparently sit in the signal shadow of the Optometry building.’
    • ‘Single-Channel Ground-to-Air Radio System, even with the power amplifier, could not reach out of the communication dead zone surrounding the convoy.’
    • ‘Heading off a dead zone, making a cell phone call during the inauguration could be a challenge.’
    • ‘More, evenly spaced APs better allows the WLAN as a whole to cover dead zones.’
    • ‘For the first 20 years of cellular communications, mobile handset users have complained about dead zones, and keep switching services to get reliable connections.’
    • ‘You'd think cellphone dead zones wouldn't be a problem for Mayor Bloomberg, who travels at all times with all sorts of sophisticated communications gear.’
    • ‘As one education advocate puts it, if high schools were cell phones, they would be considered in a dead zone.’
    • ‘But the tester's cursor hovers aimlessly in a dead zone.’
    • ‘The area along ASR Sue is also full of communication dead zones, which are areas where very-high frequency and ultrahigh frequency signals do not propagate.’

Pronunciation

dead zone