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Webster 1913 Edition


Area

A′re-a

(ā′rē̍-ȧ; 277)
,
Noun.
;
pl.
Areas
(-ȧz)
.
[L.
area
a broad piece of level ground. Cf.
Are
,
Noun.
]
1.
Any plane surface, as of the floor of a room or church, or of the ground within an inclosure; an open space in a building.
The Alban lake . . . looks like the
area
of some vast amphitheater.
Addison.
2.
The inclosed space on which a building stands.
3.
The sunken space or court, giving ingress and affording light to the basement of a building.
4.
An extent of surface; a tract of the earth’s surface; a region;
as, vast uncultivated
areas
.
5.
(Geom.)
The superficial contents of any figure; the surface included within any given lines; superficial extent;
as, the
area
of a square or a triangle
.
6.
(Biol.)
A spot or small marked space;
as, the germinative
area
.
7.
Extent; scope; range;
as, a wide
area
of thought
.
The largest
area
of human history and man's common nature.
F. Harrison.
Dry area
.
See under
Dry
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Area

A'REA

,
Noun.
[L. I suspect this to be contracted from Heb. from a root which signifies to reach, stretch, lay or spread.]
1.
Any plain surface, as the floor of a room, of a church or other building, or of the ground.
2.
The space or site on which a building stands; or of any inclosure.
3.
In geometry, the superficial contents of any figure; the surface included within any given lines; as the area of a square or a triangle.
4.
Among physicians, baldness; an empty space; a bald space produced by alopeey; also a name of the disease.
5.
In mining, a compass of ore allotted to diggers.

Definition 2022


area

area

See also: área, àrea, arẽa, and äreä

English

Noun

area (plural areas or areæ)

  1. (mathematics) A measure of the extent of a surface; it is measured in square units.
  2. A particular geographic region.
  3. Any particular extent of surface, especially an empty or unused extent.
    The photo is a little dark in that area.
  4. 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.
  5. (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?)
  6. (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.
  7. (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!

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Afrikaans

Noun

area (plural areas)

  1. area

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Galician

Etymology

From Old Portuguese arẽa, from Latin arēnā (sand).

Noun

area f (plural areas)

  1. sand (grain)
  2. sand (collectively)

Synonyms

  • (sand collectively): xabre

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Italian

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin ārea. Cognate to Italian aia (threshing floor) (which is not borrowed but inherited).

Noun

area f (plural aree)

  1. area, surface
  2. land, ground
  3. field, sector

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Latin

Etymology

Of uncertain origin. According to a hypothesis, it is related to āreō (I become dry), on notion of a dry, bare space.

Pronunciation

Noun

ārea f (genitive āreae); first declension

  1. open space
  2. a threshing floor
  3. vocative singular of ārea

āreā f

  1. ablative singular of ārea

Inflection

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative ārea āreae
genitive āreae āreārum
dative āreae āreīs
accusative āream āreās
ablative āreā āreīs
vocative ārea āreae

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Papiamentu

Noun

area

  1. area

Portuguese

Noun

area f (plural areas)

  1. Obsolete spelling of área

Swedish

Noun

area c

  1. (geometry) area; a measure of squared distance.

Declension

Inflection of area 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative area arean areor areorna
Genitive areas areans areors areornas