One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The area of a military engagement with a high concentration of fatalities.
- ‘The diversionary group takes a position some distance away from the ambush kill zone.’
- ‘In the area in and around the Freeman's Farm clearing, many British died, trapped in the killing zone of the open field.’
- ‘Successful decisive combat operations are characterized by the application of overwhelming precision firepower in a killing zone while countering the enemy's ability to effectively return fire.’
- ‘At the onset of the war, both American and South Vietnamese government troops were routinely caught blindly entering the kill zone of enemy ambush sites.’
- ‘Proper training and preparation allowed us to react to the ambush, exit the kill zone, and effectively return fire against the enemy.’
2An area of the human body where entry of a projectile would cause death, especially as indicated on a target for shooting practice.
- ‘A simple paper plate is about the size of the kill zone on most big game animals.’
- ‘Amazingly, the buck stopped right where the doe had - 15 yards in front of the stand, his kill zone perfectly exposed.’
- ‘I had the crosshairs on his kill zone when a thought crossed my mind: ‘Is he the legal 15 inches tall?’ At 100 yards, it was hard to be sure.’
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