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.
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- n. a region whose population is affected by a general disaster
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Therefore, as he sat behind his cluttered desk amidst the disaster area that was the kindest way to describe his office, Aldo Corsi regarded the man who now stood before him wearing a Starfleet uniform with an expression of unmitigated contempt.
He can look at a disaster area like the Hunters Point base and visualize a rebirth of the Port of San Francisco.