noun Etymology: Latin, open space, threshing floor; perhaps akin to Latin arēre to be dry — more at arid Date: 1538 1. a level piece of ground 2. the surface included within a set of lines; specifically the number of unit squares equal in measure to the surface — see metric system table, weight table 3. the scope of a concept, operation, or activity ; field <
the whole area of foreign policy
4. areaway 5. a particular extent of space or surface or one serving a special function: as a. a part of the surface of the body b. a geographic region 6. a part of the cerebral cortex having a particular function • areal adjectiveareally adverb

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  • area — ar‧e‧a [ˈeəriə ǁ ˈeriə] noun [countable] 1. a part of a city or country: • What area of Bristol do you live in? • the New York metropolitan area (= New York city and the area around it ) asˌsisted ˈarea …   Financial and business terms

  • area — ⇒AREA, subst. fém. A. ARCHIT. [Dans les monastères de l Église d Orient] Surface libre entourant l église et que délimite le cloître : • 1. Le cloître des monastères de l Orient est l enceinte qui enveloppe l area ou surface libre, dont l église… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Area — A re*a ([=a] r[ e]*[.a]; 277), n.; pl. {Areas} ( [.a]z) . [L. area a broad piece of level ground. Cf. {Are}, n.] 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. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • area — espacio anatómico limitado que contiene una estructura específica del cuerpo o en cuyo interior predominan unas funciones fisiológicas determinadas, como el área aórtica y las áreas de asociación de la corteza cerebral Diccionario ilustrado de… …   Diccionario médico

  • area — I (province) noun area, arena, bounds, confines, demesne, domain, expanse, field, jurisdiction, limits, location, orbit, place, premises, purview, range, realm, region, scope, sphere, territory, vicinage, vicinity, zone associated concepts: area… …   Law dictionary

  • area — / area/ s.f. [dal lat. area ]. 1. [estensione circoscritta di terreno] ▶◀ superficie, zona. 2. [luogo in cui si verifica un determinato fenomeno: a. sismica ] ▶◀ regione, territorio, zona. ● Espressioni: area ciclonica ▶◀ depressione. 3 …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • area — area. См. ареал. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Arĕa — (lat.), 1) (röm. Ant.), freier, nicht bebauter od. bepflanzter, ursprünglich nicht zu Geschäften bestimmter Platz; daher der Hof am Hause, s. u. Wohnhaus; 2) ein solcher Platz zwischen der Straße u. einem Hause, Tempel etc.; deren waren in Rom… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Arĕa — (lat.), Ebene, Fläche …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Area — Area, der freie unbebaute Platz, dann auch der Vorplatz vor einem Hause oder Tempel. In der Geometrie der Flächeninhalt …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • Area — Area, lat., Hof, Hofstätte, Tenne; in der Anatomie die Umgebung eines Körpertheils, die sich durch andere Färbung unterscheidet …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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