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ground zero

n.
1. The target of a projectile, such as a missile or bomb.
2.
a. The site of a terrorist bombing or other violent act of destruction.
b. The site directly below, directly above, or at the point of detonation of a nuclear weapon.
3. The center of rapid or intense development or change: "The neighborhood scarcely existed five years ago, but today it is the ground zero from which designer shops and restaurants radiate" (Robert Clark).
4. The starting point or most basic level: My client didn't like my preliminary designs, so I returned to ground zero.
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ground zero

n
1. (Military) a point on the surface of land or water at or directly above or below the centre of a nuclear explosion
2. a scene of great devastation
3. (Placename) (sometimes capitals) the name given to the devastated site of the collapsed World Trade Center towers in New York after September 11 2001
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n.
1. the point on the surface of the earth or water directly below, directly above, or at which an atomic or hydrogen bomb explodes.
2. Informal. the most elementary level.
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ground zero

The point on the surface of the Earth at, or vertically below or above, the center of a planned or actual nuclear detonation. See also actual ground zero; desired ground zero.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ground zero - the target of a projectile (as a bomb or missile)
target area, target - the location of the target that is to be hit
2.ground zero - the site of the World Trade Center before it was destroyed
Greater New York, New York, New York City - the largest city in New York State and in the United States; located in southeastern New York at the mouth of the Hudson river; a major financial and cultural center
3.ground zero - the point of detonation (or above or below) of a nuclear weapon
point - the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
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These were unveiled last December with great fanfare in the newly-restored Winter Garden, the sparkling glass barrel-vaulted structure designed by Cesar Pelli in Battery Park City across from Ground Zero, as the World Trade Center site is now known.
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