areal

adjective

ar·​e·​al ˈer-ē-əl How to pronounce areal (audio)
ˈā-rē-əl
: of, relating to, or involving an area
The figure of merit for a disk technology is its areal density: the number of data bits reliably stored per unit area of the magnetic surface. Stuart S. P. Parkin
… there is a need to develop a methodology to define neighborhood in terms of comparable areal units as a health analytic. Wayne Gearey
areally
ˈer-ē-ə-lē How to pronounce areal (audio)
ˈā-rē-ə-
adverb
It gave analytical significance to material culture traits, described and classified areally, by permitting their correlation with identifiable cultures. Michael Solot

Word History

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of areal was in 1676

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Cite this Entry

“Areal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/areal. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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