war zone

noun
a combat zone where military operations are coordinated (especially a designated area in international waters where the rights of neutrals are not respected by nations at war)
Hypernyms: ↑combat zone, ↑combat area

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noun
1. : a zone in which belligerents are conducting hostile operations during a war
2. : a designated area especially on the high seas within which rights of neutrals are not respected by a belligerent nation in time of war

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(during wartime) a combat area in which the rights of neutrals are suspended, as such an area on the high seas, where ships flying a neutral flag are subject to attack.
[1915-20]

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war zone UK US noun [countable] [singular war zone plural war zones]
an area where people are fighting a war
Thesaurus: places where war and fighting take placehyponym

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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