WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
ar•e•a /ˈɛriə/USA pronunciation
n.[countable], pl. -as. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- a part of a space or a surface: the dark areas in the painting.
- a place or part of the world;
geographical region: the downtown area.
- a section reserved for a specific function:the dining area.
- a particular subject of study or knowledge;
field:new areas of interest.
- a measurement of a surface, equal to the length multiplied by the width.
(âr′ē ə),USA pronunciation n.
- any particular extent of space or surface;
part:the dark areas in the painting; the dusty area of the room.
- a geographical region;
tract:the Chicago area; the unsettled areas along the frontier.
- any section reserved for a specific function:the business area of a town; the dining area of a house.
- extent, range, or scope:inquiries that embrace the whole area of science.
- field of study, or a branch of a field of study:Related areas of inquiry often reflect borrowed notions.
- a piece of unoccupied ground;
an open space.
- the space or site on which a building stands;
the yard attached to or surrounding a house.
- British Termsareaway (def. 1).
- Mathematicsthe quantitative measure of a plane or curved surface;
- Anatomya zone of the cerebral cortex having a specific function:The damage to Broca's area affected his speech.
- Latin ārea vacant piece of level ground, open space in a town, threshing floor; perh. akin to ārēre to be dry. See arid
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area /ˈɛərɪə/ n
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin: level ground, open space, threshing-floor; related to ārēre to be dryˈareal adj
- any flat, curved, or irregular expanse of a surface
- the extent of a two-dimensional surface enclosed within a specified boundary or geometric figure: the area of Ireland, the area of a triangle
- the two-dimensional extent of the surface of a solid, or of some part thereof, esp one bounded by a closed curve: the area of a sphere
- a section, portion, or part
- region; district; locality
- a geographical division of administrative responsibility
- (as modifier): area manager
- a part or section, as of a building, town, etc, having some specified function or characteristic: reception area, commercial area, slum area
Also called: areaway a sunken area, usually enclosed, giving light, air, and sometimes access to a cellar or basement
- the range, extent, or scope of anything
- a subject field or field of study
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