area

[air-ee-uh]
noun
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.
British, areaway ( def 1 ).
9.
the quantitative measure of a plane or curved surface; two-dimensional extent.
10.
Anatomy. a zone of the cerebral cortex having a specific function: The damage to Broca's area affected his speech.

Origin:
1530–40; < Latin ārea vacant piece of level ground, open space in a town, threshing floor; perhaps akin to ārēre to be dry. See arid

areal, adjective
areally, adverb

area, aria.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To Areal
Collins
World English Dictionary
area (ˈɛərɪə)
 
n
1.  any flat, curved, or irregular expanse of a surface
2.  a.  the extent of a two-dimensional surface enclosed within a specified boundary or geometric figure: the area of Ireland; the area of a triangle
 b.  the two-dimensional extent of the surface of a solid, or of some part thereof, esp one bounded by a closed curve: the area of a sphere
3.  a section, portion, or part: an area of the body; an area of the sky
4.  region; district; locality: a mountainous area
5.  a.  a geographical division of administrative responsibility
 b.  (as modifier): area manager
6.  a part or section, as of a building, town, etc, having some specified function or characteristic: reception area; commercial area; slum area
7.  Also called: areaway a sunken area, usually enclosed, giving light, air, and sometimes access to a cellar or basement
8.  the range, extent, or scope of anything
9.  a subject field or field of study
10.  any unoccupied or unused flat open piece of ground
11.  the ground on which a building stands, or the ground surrounding a building
12.  anatomy any of the various regions of the cerebral cortex
13.  computing any part of a computer memory assigned to store data of a specified type
 
[C16: from Latin: level ground, open space, threshing-floor; related to ārēre to be dry]
 
'areal
 
adj

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

area
1530s, "vacant piece of ground," from L. area "level ground, open space," of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to arere "to become dry," on notion of a burned clearing or dry, bare space. The generic sense of "amount of surface (whether open or not) contained within any set of limits" is from 1845. Area
code in N.Amer. telephone systems is attested from 1961.

areal
1670s, from L. arealis, from area (see area).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

area ar·e·a (âr'ē-ə)
n. pl. ar·e·as or ar·e·ae (-ē-ē')

  1. A circumscribed surface or space.

  2. All of a part that is supplied by a given artery or nerve.

  3. A part of an organ having a special function.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
area   (âr'ē-ə)  Pronunciation Key 
The extent of a surface or plane figure as measured in square units.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Example sentences for Areal
It is this variation in acceptable areal solution that generates the term modifiable.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;