Definition of buffer zone in US English:

buffer zone


  • 1A neutral area serving to separate hostile forces or nations.

    • ‘The land here was settled in about 1820 to form a buffer zone between the established white farms and the Xhosa, the indigenous people.’
    • ‘France and Italy are expected to take the lead in forming the new Unifil force, which will be heavily armed and authorised to take ‘all necessary action’ to prevent hostilities in the buffer zone.’
    • ‘The soldiers deployed in late December and early January 1996, and quickly established a 2.5-mile-wide buffer zone between the opposing forces.’
    • ‘Since the events of 1974, UN peacekeeping forces have maintained a buffer zone between the two sides.’
    • ‘The situation at present stems from an area of land - the buffer zone - which was established in the peace agreement at the end of the Kosovo conflict.’
    • ‘The French army intervened to protect its nationals and to set up a buffer zone to prevent the conflict spreading south.’
    • ‘They lived in the overpopulated buffer zone between two hostile neighbours, Scotland and England, where employment and farmland were limited.’
    • ‘This spelt trouble for Johnson's Indian nations, which had previously been a buffer zone between the French and British, while also holding a degree of the balance of power.’
    • ‘Since then, UN peacekeeping troops brought to the island following intercommunal fighting in 1963 have patrolled a buffer zone separating the two communities.’
    • ‘Security usually meant gobbling up surrounding lands to create a Russian buffer zone.’
    • ‘Groups of ethnic Greeks and Turks waved at each other as they walked across the buffer zone that 24 hours earlier had been a no-man's land.’
    • ‘United Nations peacekeeping forces maintain a buffer zone between the two sides.’
    • ‘Under the agreement, only lightly armed police are allowed to patrol the buffer zone.’
    • ‘In 1975, the island was partitioned into Greek and Turkish territories separated by a UN-occupied buffer zone.’
    • ‘By seeking to establish what was, in effect, a buffer zone under French military control on the Eastern border Lyautey appeared to subordinate France's Moroccan interests to her Algerian ones.’
    • ‘The French troops withdrew, leaving a buffer zone separating the north and south and set up elections in order to form a government in the south.’
    • ‘The Seventh Army, led by Brandenberger, was to attack in the southern flank, as designated by Hitler, and to create a buffer zone to prevent American reinforcements from attacking the Fifth Panzer Army.’
    • ‘Hard-core government loyalists increasingly are insisting that the French clear a buffer zone between north and south to allow government forces to attack the rebels again.’
    • ‘West African military leaders are due to meet here tomorrow to create a peacekeeping force to replace the French troops in patrolling the buffer zone and monitoring the ceasefire.’
    • ‘This is to occupy a 25 kilometre wide buffer zone along the Eritrean side of the border until UN cartographers can demarcate the disputed frontier between the countries.’
    1. 1.1 An area of land designated for environmental protection.
      ‘oyster harvesters are not allowed in certain buffer zones’
      • ‘The plan divides the waterway into four major sub-areas - the protection zone, buffer zone, exploitation zone and reserve zone.’
      • ‘Establishing thick vegetation, such as turf or pasture grasses, or leaving an untreated border are two ways to provide a buffer zone between a pesticide-use or handling site and a sensitive area.’
      • ‘The plan has attracted considerable opposition from Dilton Marsh Parish Council, which considers it would erode the rural buffer zone separating Dilton Marsh from Leigh Park.’
      • ‘Accordingly, that explains, in part, why so much of this land has not been actually used, except perhaps under the characterisation as a buffer zone, or land set aside for future development, or land to protect the reservoir from erosion.’
      • ‘They hold out the hope that the city government will be forced to establish a buffer zone surrounding the dump, which will require the municipality to buy their farms from them.’
      • ‘‘Our policy is that there must always be a buffer zone around the national park but, once you rezone, there are no guarantees,’ the chairperson said.’
      • ‘Do we need to create, for instance a buffer zone between the National Park area and the urban development?’
      • ‘As Bob Phelps mentioned, the size of the buffer zone separating GE and non GE crops on farms is contentious.’
      • ‘Plans for a buffer zone around the smelter plant to protect nearby communities from harmful effects of their operations are also said to have been mentioned in the discussions.’
      • ‘Pinnacles's new lands, previously managed by the Bureau of Land Management, establish a protective - and permanent - buffer zone around the monument.’
      • ‘The Save Coate group is trying to make Swindon Council enforce a 1km-wide buffer zone of protected land around the lake.’
      • ‘Mr Monaghan was blocked by the local authority on the grounds that the site was within a buffer zone of visually sensitive land.’
      • ‘The project spans eight countries, from Mexico to Panama, and seeks to blend existing parks with buffer zones and protected corridors, creating a web of biological passages that will allow species to migrate from one area to another.’
      • ‘The board voted to eliminate hunting and trapping on a buffer zone of state lands bordering Denali that make up a portion of the world-famous Toklat pack's territory.’
      • ‘The Power Minister has claimed that the new project would be in the buffer zone of the national park and would cause no harm to the unique ecosystem of the region.’
      • ‘Years ago, Vetter began planting double rows of pines, with 60 feet of untilled sod in between, creating a buffer zone to protect his crops from pesticides drifting over from neighboring farms.’
      • ‘This new land, half of which will be used as a buffer zone for local residents, will also include a civic amenity recycling centre.’
      • ‘Unlike the national parks, a biosphere reserve has a core zone, which is the actual protected area, a buffer zone where limited human activity takes place and a development zone where there is human habitation.’
      • ‘The pressure group, The Friends of Hilperton Gap, argue the road would ruin the area of green open land that currently provides a buffer zone between Hilperton and Trowbridge.’
      • ‘The crisis has led to calls for the provision of a 100-mile buffer zone around the island to protect the seals and other wildlife.’


buffer zone

/ˈbəfər ˌzōn/