area

noun ar·ea \ ˈer-ē-ə , ˈā-rē-ə \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of area

1 :the surface included within a set of lines; specifically :the number of unit squares equal in measure to the surface — see Metric System Table, Weights and Measures Table
2 :the scope of a concept, operation, or activity :field
  • the whole area of foreign policy
3 :areaway
4 :a particular extent of space or surface or one serving a special function: such as
a :a part of the surface of the body
b :a geographic region
5 :a level piece of ground
6 :a part of the cerebral cortex having a particular function

areal

play \-ē-əl\ adjective

areally

play \-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of area in a Sentence

  1. Settlers came to this area from the east.

  2. The group visited the area during a hunting trip.

  3. in the area surrounding the lake

  4. The storm caused damage in many areas along the coast.

  5. a bird found only in remote areas of the U.S.

  6. in many areas of the world

  7. He is the metropolitan area's most popular politician.

  8. He lived in an unfashionable area of the city.

  9. She set aside a work area in the kitchen.

  10. The dining area has extra windows.

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Origin and Etymology of area

Latin, open space, threshing floor; perhaps akin to Latin arēre to be dry — more at arid

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AREA Defined for English Language Learners

area

noun

Definition of area for English Language Learners

  • : a part or section within a larger place

  • : a section of space within a building, room, etc.

  • : a part of the surface of something (such as a person's body or a piece of cloth)


AREA Defined for Kids

area

noun ar·ea \ ˈer-ē-ə \

Definition of area for Students

1 :region 1
  • a farming area
2 :the amount of surface included within limits
  • the area of a triangle
3 :a part of the surface of something
4 :a field of activity or study
  • the area of medicine

Medical Dictionary

area

noun ar·ea \ ˈar-ē-ə, ˈer- \

medical Definition of area

:a part of the cerebral cortex having a particular function — see association area, motor area, sensory area


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