• WordNet 3.6
    • n arena a playing field where sports events take place
    • n arena a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
    • n arena the central area of an ancient Roman amphitheater where contests and spectacles were held; especially an area that was strewn with sand
    • n arena a particular environment or walk of life "his social sphere is limited","it was a closed area of employment","he's out of my orbit"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Toronto Maple Leafs used to be called the Toronto Arenas, then the St. Patricks and finally the Maple Leafs
    • Arena Any place of public contest or exertion; any sphere of action; as, the arenaof debate; the arena of life.
    • Arena (Rom. Antiq) The area in the central part of an amphitheater, in which the gladiators fought and other shows were exhibited; -- so called because it was covered with sand.
    • Arena (Med) “Sand” or “gravel” in the kidneys.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n arena The inclosed space in the central part of the Roman amphitheaters, in which the combats of gladiators or wild beasts took place. It was usually covered with sand or sawdust, to prevent the gladiators from slipping and to absorb the blood, and, for the protection of the spectators from the beasts, was surrounded by a high wall, which was often surmounted by a strong granting.
    • n arena Figuratively, the scene or theater of exertion or contest of any kind: as, the arena of war or of debate.
    • n arena In pathology, sand or gravel in the kidneys.
    • n arena In architecture, the main area of a temple, church, or other building.
    • n arena Are not.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Arena a-rē′na part of the ancient amphitheatre strewed with sand for the combats of gladiators and wild beasts: any place of public contest: a battlefield: place of action of any kind
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  • Walt Whitman
    “O the joy of the strong-brawn'd fighter, towering in the arena in perfect condition, conscious of power, thirsting to meet his opponent.”
  • Clark Moustakas
    Clark Moustakas
    “The most dramatic conflicts are perhaps, those that take place not between men but between a man and himself -- where the arena of conflict is a solitary mind.”
  • Henry Giles
    Henry Giles
    “Literature, as a field of glory, is an arena where a tomb may be more easily found than laurels; and as a means of support, it is the chance of chances.”
  • Aneurin Bevan
    “I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interest.”
  • Emma Goldman
    “The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. arena, harena, sand, a sandy place
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. arēna, sand.


In literature:

The arena is of wood.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
We'll let her ride round the arena on Greased Lightning; eh, Sarah?
"A Little Mother to the Others" by L. T. Meade
The large open space in the centre was called the arena.
"Round-about Rambles in Lands of Fact and Fancy" by Frank Richard Stockton
It was a circus surrounding an arena where hunts and combats were represented.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
He was tethered in the centre of the arena, by one of his hind legs, to a stump about twelve inches high.
"Spanish Life in Town and Country" by L. Higgin and Eugène E. Street
Dalgard noted all this only in passing, for the arena was occupied, very much occupied.
"Star Born" by Andre Norton
The ship was now headed for Puntas Arenas, where many years ago the Spaniards founded a penal settlement.
"The Von Toodleburgs" by F. Colburn Adams
Arena, 40 ('08): 18 (portrait), 20.
"Contemporary American Literature" by John Matthews Manly and Edith Rickert
This is especially seen in his symposium article in the April number of the Arena, 1899.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
Yet chiefly it was the arena that fascinated him.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg

In poetry:

La` posero` le spalle
Sull'arena minuta,
Che, come eterna valle.
Verso un fondo nebbioso andra` perduta;
"Quando?" by Ferdinando Fontana
A slave is sent to the arena
When feeling has produced a line.
Tnen breathing soil and fate take over
And art has done and must resign.
"O had I known that thus it happens..." by Boris Pasternak
"I'll not reveal myself," said he,
"Till they are both in the Ecclesiastical arena;
Then suddenly I will appear,
And paralysing them with fear,
Demand my ANGELINA!"
"The Sensation Captain" by William Schwenck Gilbert
An arena of yellow eyes
Watched the changing shape he cut,
Saw hoof harden from foot, saw sprout
Goat-horns. Marked how god rose
And galloped woodward in that guise.
"Faun" by Sylvia Plath
As some saint in the arena
Of a bloody Roman game,
As the prize of his endeavor,
Put on an immortal frame,
Through long agonies our Soldier
Won the crown of martial fame.
"The Lee Memorial Ode" by James Barron Hope
The crowds who earth's arena tread,
Each busy in his station,
Are few, compared with all the dead
Of every age and nation:
The world of life counts millions o'er,
That of the dead hath many more.
"Memento Mori" by James Edmeston

In news:

The 25th Annual Lindale Championship Rodeo gets underway tonight and continues through Saturday at the Lindale Rodeo Arena on Highway 16 West, three blocks from downtown.
The young Washington Capitals goaltender fought through the oddly oppressive heat at Joe Louis Arena that caused him cramps to come away with his first NHL victory of the season.
Phish cranked out the old-school jams to a packed house at Chaifetz Arena, Tuesday, August 28 Featured.
Phish cranked out the old-school jams to a packed house at Chaifetz Arena, Tuesday, August 28.
Just ask CEO Mike Sweet, who is busy channeling plenty of new innovation into the library reference arena.
Twenty-eight-year-old John Arena would like to visit California.
President Barack Obama is flanked on stage by musicians Jay-Z, left, and Bruce Springsteen at a campaign event at Nationwide Arena, Monday, Nov 5, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.
Troy opens Trojan Arena tonight.
TROY – So what is the best seat in the house in the beautiful new Trojan Arena.
In the ant farm that is bowels of an NBA arena players, league officials, team staffers, media types and VIP fans scurry about.
Oscar Dansk still felt ill as he stepped onto the ice at Erie Insurance Arena Saturday night.
"I'm just taking it a day at a time," the rookie goaltender said before Saturday night's game against London at Erie Insurance Arena.
Inside the arena alongside the bulls, Cox dashed about, her dog always behind her.
If the big one did not swing open, the bulls would rage around, a dangerous situation for everyone in the arena.
Carrie Underwood performs onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.

In science:

In this article we are concerned with a somewhat new arena for scaling and universality, namely that of RPT (random polynomial theory) and its algebro-geometric generalizations [Han, Hal, BBL, BD, BSZ1, BSZ2, SZ1, NV].
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
In this section we Manifolds of (real) dimension two constitute the ‘arena’ for our studies. briefly summarize those features that are needed in our discussion.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
The conventional approach to loop quantum gravity takes as the kinematical arena a Hilbert space constructed from traces of holonomies of closed spatial loops. (See for a recent review.) These traces are invariant under SU(2) gauge rotations of the holonomies.
Quantum general invariance and loop gravity
Nuclear physics, which long ago was the first arena to host studies of chaotic spectra of complex quantum systems, provides new insights into manifestations of many-body quantum chaos.
Order generated by random many-body dynamics
Moreover, it presents a natural arena for any implementation of hidden sector physics like supersymmetry breaking through hidden sector gaugino condensation [7, 8, 9].
Enlarging the Parameter Space of Heterotic M-Theory Flux Compactifications to Phenomenological Viability