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

  • n. An area that officially qualifies for emergency governmental aid as a result of a catastrophe, such as an earthquake or flood.

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  • n. An area that has been the site of a natural disaster that receives an official designation entitling residents and organizations within that area to receive relief and benefits.
  • n. An area that looks like one that has suffered a natural disaster.

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

  • n. a region whose population is affected by a general disaster

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