Etymology
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zoom (v.)

1886, of echoic origin. Gained popularity c. 1917 as aviators began to use it. As a noun from 1917. The photographer's zoom lens is from 1936, from the specific aviation sense of zoom as "to quickly move closer."

updated on April 15, 2014

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Definitions of zoom from WordNet
1
zoom (v.)
move along very quickly;
Synonyms: zoom along / whizz / whizz along
zoom (v.)
move with a low humming noise;
zoom (v.)
rise rapidly;
Synonyms: soar / soar up / soar upwards / surge
2
zoom (n.)
a rapid rise;
Synonyms: rapid climb / rapid growth
zoom (n.)
the act of rising upward into the air;
Synonyms: soar
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