Meaning of AREA in English


— areal , adj. — areally , adv.

/air"ee euh/ , n.

1. any particular extent of space or surface; part: the dark areas in the painting; the dusty area of the room.

2. a geographical region; tract: the Chicago area; the unsettled areas along the frontier.

3. any section reserved for a specific function: the business area of a town; the dining area of a house.

4. extent, range, or scope: inquiries that embrace the whole area of science.

5. field of study, or a branch of a field of study: Related areas of inquiry often reflect borrowed notions.

6. a piece of unoccupied ground; an open space.

7. the space or site on which a building stands; the yard attached to or surrounding a house.

8. Brit. areaway (def. 1).

9. the quantitative measure of a plane or curved surface; two-dimensional extent.

10. Anat. a zone of the cerebral cortex having a specific function: The damage to Broca's area affected his speech.

[ 1530-40; area vacant piece of level ground, open space in a town, threshing floor; perh. akin to arere to be dry. See ARID ]

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