Definitions for areaˈɛər i ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ar•e•aˈɛər i ə(n.)(pl.)ar•e•as.

  1. an extent of space or surface:

    the dark areas in the painting.

  2. a geographical region:

    the Chicago area.

  3. a section reserved for a specific function:

    the dining area.

  4. extent; range; scope:

    embraced the whole area of science.

  5. field; sphere:

    new areas of interest.

  6. a piece of unoccupied ground.

  7. the yard attached to or surrounding a house.

  8. Ref: areaway (def. 1). 1

  9. the quantitative measure of a plane or curved surface; two-dimensional extent.

    Category: Math

Origin of area:

1530–40; < L: level ground, open space in a town, perh. akin to ārēre to be dry. See arid


Princeton's WordNet

  1. area, country(noun)

    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"

  2. area(noun)

    a subject of study

    "it was his area of specialization"; "areas of interest include..."

  3. area, region(noun)

    a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve

    "in the abdominal region"

  4. sphere, domain, area, orbit, field, arena(noun)

    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"

  5. area(noun)

    a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function

    "the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants"

  6. area, expanse, surface area(noun)

    the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary

    "the area of a rectangle"; "it was about 500 square feet in area"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. area(noun)ˈɛər i ə

    a part of a place or surface

    a beautiful area in the north; a residential area of the city; The house has two dining areas.; Rub harder in that area.

  2. areaˈɛər i ə

    a field of knowledge, or a single part of a larger activity; = subject

    an area of interest/study

  3. areaˈɛər i ə

    an amount of space covered by sth

    the area measures 25m; ²


  1. area(Noun)

    A measure of the extent of a surface; it is measured in square units.

  2. area(Noun)

    A particular geographic region.

  3. area(Noun)

    Any particular extent of surface, especially an empty or unused extent.

    The photo is a little dark in that area.

  4. area(Noun)

    Figuratively, any extent, scope or range of an object or concept.

  5. area(Noun)

    An open space, below ground level, between the front of a house and the pavement.

  6. area(Noun)

    penalty box; penalty area

  7. area(Noun)


  8. Origin: From area.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Area(noun)

    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

  2. Area(noun)

    the inclosed space on which a building stands

  3. Area(noun)

    the sunken space or court, giving ingress and affording light to the basement of a building

  4. Area(noun)

    an extent of surface; a tract of the earth's surface; a region; as, vast uncultivated areas

  5. Area(noun)

    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. Area(noun)

    a spot or small marked space; as, the germinative area

  7. Area(noun)

    extent; scope; range; as, a wide area of thought


  1. Area

    Area is a quantity that expresses the extent of a two-dimensional surface or shape, or planar lamina, in the plane. Area can be understood as the amount of material with a given thickness that would be necessary to fashion a model of the shape, or the amount of paint necessary to cover the surface with a single coat. It is the two-dimensional analog of the length of a curve or the volume of a solid. The area of a shape can be measured by comparing the shape to squares of a fixed size. In the International System of Units, the standard unit of area is the square metre, which is the area of a square whose sides are one metre long. A shape with an area of three square metres would have the same area as three such squares. In mathematics, the unit square is defined to have area one, and the area of any other shape or surface is a dimensionless real number. There are several well-known formulas for the areas of simple shapes such as triangles, rectangles, and circles. Using these formulas, the area of any polygon can be found by dividing the polygon into triangles. For shapes with curved boundary, calculus is usually required to compute the area. Indeed, the problem of determining the area of plane figures was a major motivation for the historical development of calculus.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'area' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #246

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'area' in Written Corpus Frequency: #295

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'area' in Nouns Frequency: #21

Anagrams of area

  1. æra

Translations for area

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the extent or size of a flat surface

This garden is twelve square metres in area.

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