from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A roughly bounded part of the space on a surface; a region: a farming area; the New York area.
  • n. A surface, especially an open, unoccupied piece of ground: a landing area; a playing area.
  • n. A distinct part or section, as of a building, set aside for a specific function: a storage area in the basement.
  • n. A division of experience, activity, or knowledge; a field: studies in the area of finance; a job in the health-care area.
  • n. An open, sunken space next to a building; an areaway.
  • n. The extent of a planar region or of the surface of a solid measured in square units.
  • n. Computer Science A section of storage set aside for a particular purpose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A measure of the extent of a surface; it is measured in square units.
  • n. A particular geographic region.
  • n. Any particular extent of surface, especially an empty or unused extent.
  • n. Figuratively, any extent, scope or range of an object or concept.
  • n. An open space, below ground level, between the front of a house and the pavement.
  • n. penalty box; penalty area
  • n. genitals

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. The inclosed space on which a building stands.
  • n. The sunken space or court, giving ingress and affording light to the basement of a building.
  • n. An extent of surface; a tract of the earth's surface; a region.
  • n. The superficial contents of any figure; the surface included within any given lines; superficial extent.
  • n. A spot or small marked space.
  • n. Extent; scope; range.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any plane surface within boundaries; the superficies of an inclosed or defined surface-space; the superficial contents of any figure or surface; superficial extent.
  • n. Any particular extent of surface; region; tract: as, the settled area of the United States.
  • n. The space or site on which a building stands; the yard attached to or surrounding a house; specifically, a sunken space or inclosure before windows or a door of a basement story.
  • n. A bald place on the head; a disease of the hair which causes it to fall off and leave bald patches.
  • n. In conchology, a space behind the apex of the shell, in certain bivalves, including the dorsal posterior side.
  • n. In Polyzoa, the calcareous surface outlined on the zoœcium by a raised ridge.
  • n. The area at the bottom of the internal auditory meatus giving passage to branches of the auditory nerve.
  • n. A term sometimes used to denote the separation that must be given to two esthesiometric points impressed upon the skin if the two stimuli are to be separately sensed; the limen of dual impression.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)
  • n. a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve
  • n. a particular environment or walk of life
  • n. the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary
  • n. a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function
  • n. a subject of study


Latin ārea, open space; possibly akin to ārēre, to be dry; see arid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin area. (Wiktionary)


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