|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]|
area ar·e·a (âr'ē-ə)
n. pl. ar·e·as or ar·e·ae (-ē-ē')
A circumscribed surface or space.
All of a part that is supplied by a given artery or nerve.
A part of an organ having a special function.
|area (âr'ē-ə) Pronunciation Key
The extent of a surface or plane figure as measured in square units.
see gray area.