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zoom

[zoom] /zum/
verb (used without object)
1.
to move quickly or suddenly with a loud humming or buzzing sound:
cars zooming by on the freeway.
2.
to fly an airplane suddenly and sharply upward at great speed for a short distance, as in regaining altitude, clearing an obstacle, or signaling.
3.
Movies, Television. to bring a subject, scene, etc., into closeup or cause it to recede into a long shot using a zoom lens and while maintaining focus.
4.
Informal. to increase or rise suddenly and sharply:
Rents would zoom without rent control laws.
verb (used with object)
5.
to cause (an airplane) to zoom.
6.
to fly over (an obstacle) by zooming.
noun
7.
the act or process of zooming.
8.
a zooming sound.
9.
Informal. zoom lens.
10.
Also called zoom shot. Movies, Television. a shot in which a subject, scene, or action is brought closer or made to recede by the use of a zoom lens.
Verb phrases
11.
zoom in (on),
  1. to bring (a subject, scene, etc.) into closeup by using a zoom lens:
    to zoom in for a look at the injured man; to zoom in on a candidate at a political convention.
  2. to examine more closely or in greater detail; focus on:
    The panel zoomed in on the subject of abortion.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; imitative
Synonyms
1. buzz, speed, streak, flash.
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zoom

/zuːm/
verb
1.
to make or cause to make a continuous buzzing or humming sound
2.
to move or cause to move with such a sound
3.
(intransitive) to move very rapidly; rush: we zoomed through town
4.
to cause (an aircraft) to climb briefly at an unusually steep angle, or (of an aircraft) to climb in this way
5.
(intransitive) (of prices) to rise rapidly
noun
6.
the sound or act of zooming
7.
See zoom lens
Word Origin
C20: of imitative origin
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zoom

1886, of echoic origin. Gained popularity c.1917 as aviators began to use it; zoom lens is 1936.

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