Meaning of REGION in English



Pronunciation: ' r ē -j ə n

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English regioun, from Anglo-French regiun, from Latin region-, regio line, direction, area, from regere to direct

Date: 14th century

1 : an administrative area, division, or district especially : the basic administrative unit for local government in Scotland

2 a : an indefinite area of the world or universe <few unknown region s left on earth> b : a broad geographic area distinguished by similar features <the Appalachian region > c (1) : a major world area that supports a characteristic fauna (2) : an area characterized by the prevalence of one or more vegetational climax types

3 a : any of the major subdivisions into which the body or one of its parts is divisible b : an indefinite area surrounding a specified body part <a pain in the region of the heart>

4 : a sphere of activity or interest : FIELD

5 : any of the zones into which the atmosphere is divided according to height or the sea according to depth

6 : an open connected set together with none, some, or all of the points on its boundary <a simple closed curve divides a plane into two region s >

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.