Definitions for: Area


[n] a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function; "the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants"
[n] the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary; "the area of a rectangle"; "it was about 500 square feet in area"
[n] a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve; "in the abdominal region"
[n] a subject of study; "it was his area of specialization"; "areas of interest include..."
[n] a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country"
[n] a particular environment or walk of life; "his social sphere is limited"; "it was a closed area of employment"; "he's out of my orbit"



Webster (1913) Definition: A"re*a ([=a]"r[-e]*[.a]; 277), n.; pl. Areas (-[.a]z) .
[L. area a broad piece of level ground. Cf. Are, n.]
1. Any plane surface, as of the floor of a room or church, or
of the ground within an inclosure; an open space in a
building.

The Alban lake . . . looks like the area of some
vast amphitheater. --Addison.

2. The inclosed space on which a building stands.

3. The sunken space or court, giving ingress and affording
light to the basement of a building.

4. An extent of surface; a tract of the earth's surface; a
region; as, vast uncultivated areas.

5. (Geom.) The superficial contents of any figure; the
surface included within any given lines; superficial
extent; as, the area of a square or a triangle.

6. (Biol.) A spot or small marked space; as, the germinative
area.

7. Extent; scope; range; as, a wide area of thought.

The largest area of human history and man's common
nature. --F. Harrison.

Dry area. See under Dry.

Synonyms: arena, country, domain, expanse, field, orbit, region, sphere, surface area

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