area (plural areas or areæ)
- (mathematics) A measure of the extent of a surface; it is measured in square units.
- A particular geographic region.
- Any particular extent of surface, especially an empty or unused extent.
- The photo is a little dark in that area.
- Figuratively, any extent, scope or range of an object or concept.
2013 September-October, Rob Dorit, “Making Life from Scratch”, in American Scientist:
- Today, a new area of research that similarly aims to mimic a complex biological phenomenon—life itself—is taking off. Synthetic biology, a seductive experimental subfield in the life sciences, seems tantalizingly to promise custom-designed life created in the laboratory.
- The plans are a bit vague in that area.
- (Britain) An open space, below ground level, between the front of a house and the pavement.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Charles Dickens to this entry?)
- (soccer) Penalty box; penalty area.
2010 December 29, Mark Vesty, “Wigan 2-2 Arsenal”, in BBC:
- Bendtner's goal-bound shot was well saved by goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi but fell to Arsahvin on the edge of the area and the Russian swivelled, shaped his body and angled a sumptuous volley into the corner.
- (slang) Genitals.
2003 October 2, Giovanni Ribisi as Frank Buffay Jr., “The One Where Ross Is Fine”, in Friends, season 10, episode 2, NBC:
- But what do I do when the third one runs at me with his bike helmet on? I got no more hands to protect my area!
maths: measure of extent of a surface
particular geographic region
figuratively, any extent, scope or range
open space, below ground level, between the front of a house and the pavement
- Greek: επιφάνεια υπογείων f (epifáneia ypogeíon)
- Japanese: 地下勝手口 (ちかかってぐち, chikakatteguchi)
- Korean: 지하출입구 (jihachuripgu)
- Portuguese: rebaixo m
area (plural areas)
Of uncertain origin. According to a hypothesis, it is related to āreō (“I become dry”), on notion of a dry, bare space.
ārea f (genitive āreae); first declension
- open space
- a threshing floor
- vocative singular of ārea
- ablative singular of ārea
- area in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- area in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- AREA in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
- Félix Gaffiot (1934), “area”, in Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
- area in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
- area in William Smith., editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly
area f (plural areas)
- Obsolete spelling of área
- (geometry) area; a measure of squared distance.