ground zero
noun Date: 1946 1. the point directly above, below, or at which a nuclear explosion occurs 2. the center or origin of rapid, intense, or violent activity or change; broadly center 2a <
the party town that served as ground zero for those corporate…bashes — Rich Eisen
3. the very beginning ; square one

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  • Ground Zero — (deutsch: Bodennullpunkt) bezeichnet in der Militärsprache die Explosionsstelle einer Bombe oder Rakete über dem Boden; seit dem 11. September 2001 steht der Begriff auch für das zerstörte World Trade Center in New York (Ground Zero New York).… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ground Zero — Pour les articles homonymes?, voir Ground zero (homonymie). Ground zero est un terme anglais utilisé pour indiquer l endroit précis sur le sol où a lieu n importe quelle explosion …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ground Zero — Ground Ze|ro 〈[ graʊnd zi:roʊ] m.; od. s; unz.〉 unmittelbare Umgebung des durch einen Terroranschlag zerstörten World Trade Centers in New York [engl.; <ground „Gebiet, Boden, Erde“ + zero „null“] * * * Ground Ze|ro [ graʊnd ziəroʊ ], der,… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • ground zero — n [U] the exact place where a bomb explodes ▪ Buildings within 25 km of ground zero would be flattened …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Ground Zero — [ graund ziərəu] der auch das; s <aus gleichbed. engl. amerik. Ground Zero, eigtl. »Gelände Null«, urspr. amerik. Bez. für jenen Punkt auf dem Erdboden, der genau unterhalb der Stelle lag, wo in größerer Höhe die [erste] Atombombe… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • ground zero — noun uncount 1. ) the point on the surface of the Earth directly above or below where a nuclear explosion has happened 2. ) a place at the center of changes that are happening fast or violently: Silicon Valley remains ground zero for the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ground zero — 1946, originally with reference to atomic blasts. In reference to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on New York, it was in use by Sept. 13 …   Etymology dictionary

  • ground zero — ☆ ground zero n. 1. the land or water surface area directly below or above the point of detonation of a nuclear bomb 2. Slang a) nothing b) the starting point c) the most basic condition or level …   English World dictionary

  • Ground zero — [ Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall was only 150 m from the hypocenter, or ground zero, of the atomic bomb explosion over Hiroshima.] The term Ground Zero may be used to describe the point on the earth s surface where an explosion… …   Wikipedia

  • Ground Zero — Мемориальная стела на месте эпицентра ядерного взрыва в Нагасаки Ground Zero (граунд зироу, буквально «нулевая отметка», подразумевается «на земле», в отличие от англ.  …   Википедия

  • Ground zero — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Ground zero (homonymie). Article détaillé : Site du World Trade Center. Ground zero (point zéro) est un terme anglais utilisé pour indiquer l endroit précis sur le sol où a lieu n importe quelle explosion …   Wikipédia en Français

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