• A large living area, with extensive decoration on walls and ceiling
    A large living area, with extensive decoration on walls and ceiling
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n area a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function "the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants"
    • n area the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary "the area of a rectangle","it was about 500 square feet in area"
    • n area a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve "in the abdominal region"
    • n area a subject of study "it was his area of specialization","areas of interest include..."
    • n area a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography) "it was a mountainous area","Bible country"
    • n area 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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Additional illustrations & photos:

Showing a high-roofed area, surrounded with arches supported on columns Showing a high-roofed area, surrounded with arches supported on columns
Showing central octagonal structure with other areas built around the edges Showing central octagonal structure with other areas built around the edges

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Davao City, located at the Southern state of Philippines, is the largest city in the world in terms of area
    • Area (Biol) A spot or small marked space; as, the germinative area .
    • Area An extent of surface; a tract of the earth's surface; a region; as, vast uncultivated areas .
    • Area 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."
    • Area Extent; scope; range; as, a wide area of thought. "The largest area of human history and man's common nature."
    • Area The inclosed space on which a building stands.
    • Area The sunken space or court, giving ingress and affording light to the basement of a building.
    • Area (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In July 1874, a swarm of Rocky Mountain locusts flew over Nebraska covering an area estimated at 198,600 square miles. It is estimated that the swarm contained about 12.5 trillion insects. These insects became extinct thirty years later
    • n area Any plane surface within boundaries; the superficies of an inclosed or defined surface-space; the superficial contents of any figure or surface; superficial extent.
    • n area Any particular extent of surface; region; tract: as, the settled area of the United States.
    • n area The space or site on which a building stands; the yard attached to or surrounding a house; specifically, a sunken space or inclosure before windows or a door of a basement story.
    • n area A bald place on the head; a disease of the hair which causes it to fall off and leave bald patches.
    • n area In conchology, a space behind the apex of the shell, in certain bivalves, including the dorsal posterior side.
    • n area In Polyzoa, the calcareous surface outlined on the zoœcium by a raised ridge.
    • n area The area at the bottom of the internal auditory meatus giving passage to branches of the auditory nerve.
    • n area A term sometimes used to denote the separation that must be given to two esthesiometric points impressed upon the skin if the two stimuli are to be separately sensed; the limen of dual impression.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bananas are one of the few fruits that ripen best off the plant. If left on the plant, the fruit splits open and the pulp has a "cottony" texture and flavor. Even in tropical growing areas, bananas for domestic consumption are cut green and stored in moist shady places to ripen slowly.
    • n Area ā′rē-a any plane surface or enclosed space: the sunken space around the basement of a building: :
    • n Area ā′rē-a (fig.) extent conceived by the mind
    • n Area ā′rē-a (geom.) the superficial contents of any figure.
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  • John Ciardi
    John Ciardi
    “A neighborhood is a residential area that is changing for the worse.”
  • Melvin Powers
    Melvin Powers
    “The uncommon man is merely the common man thinking and dreaming of success in larger terms and in more fruitful areas.”
  • Anthony Robbins
    “Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.”
  • Julius Erving
    Julius Erving
    “The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life -- mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.”
  • Charles J. Givens
    Charles J. Givens
    “Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habits.”
  • William S. Burroughs
    “Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.”


Grey area - A grey/gray area is one where there is no clear right or wrong.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. area, a broad piece of level ground. Cf. Are (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. area.


In literature:

The district has an area of 2792 sq.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4" by Various
All the villages were devastated in this area.
"A Jewish Chaplain in France" by Lee J. Levinger
It was evident in different parts of the fighting area that the Germans were in a confused and even panic-stricken state of mind.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VIII (of VIII)" by various
This is one of the most extensive wooded upland areas in Kansas.
"Fishes of Chautauqua, Cowley and Elk Counties, Kansas" by Artie L. Metcalf
The most important mine in point of area, accessibility and output is Raniganj, with an area of 500 sq.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5" by Various
The last chapter has limited the Anglo-Saxon area to the northern part of the Saxon area in general.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
On a small area, hand-picking may be recommended.
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn
Shrubbery graced its area and flowers its window-sills.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6" by Various
Allowing for the speakers in Nepal, its area extends over about 90,000 sq.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
Dumbartonshire has an area of 170,762 acres or 267 sq.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8" by Various

In poetry:

Not wan from Asia's fetishes,
Nor red from Europe's old dynastic slaughter-house,
(Area of murder-plots of thrones, with scent left yet of wars and
scaffolds every where,)
"Song Of The Redwood-Tree" by Walt Whitman
Amid that area wide they took their stand,
Where the tall maypole once o'er-looked the Strand,
But now (so Anne and piety ordain)
A church collects the saints of Drury Lane.
"The Dunciad: Book II." by Alexander Pope
Tell me not what too well I know
About the bard of Sirmio.
Yes, in Thalia’s son
Such stains there are—as when a Grace
Sprinkles another’s laughing face
With nectar, and runs on.
"On Catullus" by Walter Savage Landor
He, entering at the study door,
Its ample area 'gan explore;
And something in the wind
Conjectured, sniffing round and round,
Better than all the books he found,
Food chiefly for the mind.
"On The Death Of Mrs. Throckmorton's Bullfinch" by William Cowper
The Management Area of Cherokee
National Forest, interested in fish,
Has mapped Tellico and Bald Rivers
And North River, with the tributaries
Brookshire Branch and Sugar Cove Creek:
A fishy map for facile fishery
"The Trout Map" by Allen Tate
But now the Old World's lust for lands
Infects thee too; the dread disease
Hath left its plague-spots on thy hands;
Thy monster area still expands;
For, blind to history's Nemesis,
Thou too wouldst alien races seize.
"Fallen" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

But in Plaquemines Parish, a sparsely populated area south of the city that is outside the federal levee system, dozens of people were stranded in flooded coastal areas and had to be rescued.
Two people were found dead in an area struck by a wildfire that has destroyed 16 homes and forced hundreds to flee the mountainous area southwest of Denver, authorities said.
Several dialysis patients have been taken to area hospitals after falling ill. Several pharmacies in the St Louis area are now selling the first-ever.
CAIRO (AP) — The area around Egypt's presidential palace has been calm throughout the day, although opponents of President Mohammed Morsi have defied a deadline set by the army to vacate the area.
The campfire restrictions are still in place across the Boundary Waters Canoe Area with six fires still burning in the area and continued dry conditions.
The area was searched but no one was found in the canal or surrounding areas, according to S.C.
Children ages 6-13 will be in one area, with a separate area for 3-5 year olds.
In Manila, "104,000 families live in danger areas — along creeks, in garbage dumps, industrial areas and those living in cemeteries ," says Marife Ballesteros, senior research fellow at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
According to the Census Bureau , Conroe, The Woodlands and the surrounding area has been designated a 'large urbanized transit area.
Directory by specialty areas and cities, consumer information, media contacts and background about each of Florida's 24 certification areas.
Maple Grove Chorale is a community choir featuring singers from the Maple Grove area and surrounding area.
A Coaches for Christ chapter can be found in each of FMCA's nine geographical areas, and in the International Area, too.
After a fireball streaked across the Bay Area sky last Wednesday evening, scientists and locals alike have been on the hunt for pieces of the meteor that is believed to have made landfall in the Bay Area.
Probably one of the most fascinating areas of applied physics right now is in the area of invisibility cloaks .
She suggests that neighbors contact the Citizens for Off Leash Areas (COLA) to look into getting another off-leash area that's close by instead of using the Wallingford Playfield.

In science:

The areas of H I emission were isolated in each channel map and the pixels outside these areas were set to zero.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
Given the configuration of the Aharonov-Bohm array, the flux through the area is the sum over the lines piercing the area.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
Assuming constant density, the displaced mass per unit area is ρzb (θ), and the gravitational energy per unit area required to displace the interface is ρgzb (θ)2/2.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
The fact that for a black hole S = Area 4G indicates that in quantum gravity the number of states inside a given volume is proportional to the area of the surface enclosing such volume.
Large N field theories from superstrings
Cesarsky), including large-area shallow surveys and smallarea deep integrations. A total area of 1.5 square degrees in the Lockman Hole and the ”Marano” southern field have been surveyed, where more than one thousand sources have been detected (Elbaz et al. 1999).
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View