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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  The  Alban  lake  .  .  .  looks  like  the  area  of  some 
  vast  amphitheater.  --Addison. 
 
  2.  The  inclosed  space  on  which  a  building  stands. 
 
  3.  The  sunken  space  or  court,  giving  ingress  and  affording 
  light  to  the  basement  of  a  building. 
 
  4.  An  extent  of  surface;  a  tract  of  the  earth's  surface;  a 
  region;  as  vast  uncultivated  areas. 
 
  5.  (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. 
 
  6.  (Biol.)  A  spot  or  small  marked  space;  as  the  germinative 
  area. 
 
  7.  Extent;  scope;  range;  as  a  wide  area  of  thought. 
 
  The  largest  area  of  human  history  and  man's  common 
  nature.  --F.  Harrison. 
 
  {Dry  area}.  See  under  {Dry}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  area 
  n  1:  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"  [syn:  {country}] 
  2:  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"  [syn:  {sphere},  {domain},  {orbit},  {field}, 
  {arena}] 
  3:  a  part  of  a  structure  having  some  specific  characteristic  or 
  function;  "the  spacious  cooking  area  provided  plenty  of 
  room  for  servants" 
  4:  a  subject  of  study;  "it  was  his  area  of  specialization"; 
  "areas  of  interest  include..." 
  5:  a  part  of  an  animal  that  has  a  special  function  or  is 
  supplied  by  a  given  artery  or  nerve;  "in  the  abdominal 
  region"  [syn:  {region}] 
  6:  the  extent  of  a  2-dimensional  surface  enclosed  within  a 
  boundary;  "the  area  of  a  rectangle";  "it  was  about  500 
  square  feet  in  area"  [syn:  {expanse},  {surface  area}] 




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