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drop zone

an area into which paratroopers, soldiers, or supplies are landed from aircraft for a military operation.
Abbreviation: DZ.
Origin of drop zone
1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As one car drops from the sky, another races the same distance across the ground, to beat it to the drop zone.
  • The drop zone is a designated landing area clear of obstacles, and is usually marked.
  • All parachute systems performed as planned and all test hardware was safely recovered from the drop zone without damage.
  • Their parachutes popped open and they drifted with the wind back to the east, towards the saddle, and settled into the drop zone.

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