Definition of Ground zero

1. Noun. The target of a projectile (as a bomb or missile).

Generic synonyms: Target, Target Area

2. Noun. The site of the World Trade Center before it was destroyed.
Generic synonyms: Land Site, Site
Group relationships: Greater New York, New York, New York City

3. Noun. The point of detonation (or above or below) of a nuclear weapon.
Generic synonyms: Point

Definition of Ground zero

1. Proper noun. The site of the former World Trade Center towers in New York City destroyed on 11 September 2001. ¹

2. Noun. The point on the land or water surface below, above, or at which an atomic or nuclear bomb detonates ¹

3. Noun. (context: by extension) The location of any disaster ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ground Zero

ground shark
ground sharks
ground sloth
ground snake
ground spider
ground squirrel
ground state
ground stroke
ground substance
ground swell
ground swells
ground tackle
ground tissue
ground water
ground wave
ground zero (current term)
ground zeroes
groundbreaking ceremony

Literary usage of Ground zero

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"1971 ground zero The term ground zero isa product of the nuclear age; it designates the point on the earth's surface above which, below which, ..."

2. The Military Dictionary (1987)
"See also actual ground zero; desired ground zero. group—(DOD) 1. A flexible administrative and tactical unit composed of either two or more battalions or ..."

3. The Medical Implications of Nuclear War by Fredric Solomon (1986)
"The solid curve shows the probability of blast injury as a function of range from ground zero derived by applying the OTA rules to the case of a 1-Mt ..."

4. Atlanta, GA: A Photographic Portrait by Byron Jorjorian, Photographer, Byron Jorjorian (2005)
"ground zero The Underground Atlanta attraction is near the zero milepost. The old freight depot and rail terminus was the epicenter of trade in antebellum ..."

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