disaster area


disaster area

noun

: an area where there has been a major disaster (such as a flood, tornado, or earthquake) and where people can receive special help from the government (such as money to rebuild homes or emergency supplies)

: a place that is very messy or dirty

Full Definition of DISASTER AREA

:  an area officially declared to be the scene of an emergency created by a disaster and therefore qualified to receive certain types of governmental aid (as emergency loans and relief supplies)

Examples of DISASTER AREA

  1. After the hurricane, the state was declared a disaster area.
  2. His office is a disaster area. How can he find anything in all this clutter?

First Known Use of DISASTER AREA

1953

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