- (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.
maths: measure of extent of a surface
particular geographic region
any particular extent
figuratively, any extent, scope or range
open space, below ground level, between the front of a house and the pavement
soccer: penalty area — see penalty area
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- Imperial: square inches, square feet, square yards, square miles, acres
- Metric: square meters/square metres, square centimeters/square centimetres, square kilometers/square kilometres, hectares
area f (plural areas)
- sand (grain)
- sand (collectively)
- (sand collectively): xabre
area f (plural aree)
Of uncertain origin. According to a hypothesis, it is related to āreō (“I become dry”), on notion of a dry, bare space.
- “area” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
- “area” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.