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area

[air-ee-uh] /ˈɛər i ə/
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
1530-1540
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
Related forms
areal, adjective
areally, adverb
Can be confused
area, aria.
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British Dictionary definitions for most areal

area

/ˈɛərɪə/
noun
1.
any flat, curved, or irregular expanse of a surface
2.
  1. the extent of a two-dimensional surface enclosed within a specified boundary or geometric figure: the area of Ireland, the area of a triangle
  2. 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.
  1. a geographical division of administrative responsibility
  2. (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
Derived Forms
areal, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: level ground, open space, threshing-floor; related to ārēre to be dry
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Word Origin and History for most areal

area

n.

1530s, "vacant piece of ground," from Latin area "level ground, open space," used of building sites, playgrounds, threshing floors, etc.; 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 North American telephone systems is attested from 1959.

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most areal in Medicine

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.

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most areal in Science
area
  (âr'ē-ə)   
The extent of a surface or plane figure as measured in square units.
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Idioms and Phrases with most areal

area

see: gray area
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