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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Arena  \A*re"na\,  n.;  pl  E.  {Arenas};  L.  {Aren[ae]}.  [L.  arena, 
  harena,  sand,  a  sandy  place.] 
  1.  (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. 
 
  2.  Any  place  of  public  contest  or  exertion;  any  sphere  of 
  action  as  the  arenaof  debate;  the  arena  of  life. 
 
  3.  (Med.)  ``Sand''  or  ``gravel''  in  the  kidneys. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  arena 
  n  1:  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},  {area},  {orbit}, 
  {field}] 
  2:  the  central  area  of  an  ancient  Roman  amphitheater  where 
  contests  and  spectacles  were  held;  especially  a 
  sand-strewn  area 
  3:  a  large  structure  for  open-air  sports  or  entertainments 
  [syn:  {stadium},  {bowl}] 
  4:  where  sports  events  take  place  [syn:  {scene  of  action}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Arena,  ND 
  Zip  code(s):  58412 
  Arena,  WI  (village,  FIPS  2550) 
  Location:  43.16333  N,  89.91321  W 
  Population  (1990):  525  (194  housing  units) 
  Area:  2.1  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  53503 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  arena  n.  [common;  Unix]  The  area  of  memory  attached  to  a 
  process  by  `brk(2)'  and  `sbrk(2)'  and  used  by  `malloc(3)'  as  dynamic 
  storage.  So  named  from  a  `malloc:  corrupt  arena'  message  emitted  when 
  some  early  versions  detected  an  impossible  value  in  the  free  block  list. 
  See  {overrun  screw},  {aliasing  bug},  {memory  leak},  {memory  smash}, 
  {smash  the  stack}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  arena 
 
    The  area  of  memory  attached  to  a  {Unix}  process 
  by  the  {brk}  and  {sbrk}  {system  calls}  and  used  by  {malloc}  as 
  dynamic  storage.  So  named  from  a  "malloc:  corrupt  arena" 
  message  emitted  when  some  early  versions  detected  an 
  impossible  value  in  the  free  block  list. 
 
  See  {overrun  screw},  {aliasing  bug},  {memory  leak},  {memory 
  smash},  {smash  the  stack}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1995-12-28) 
 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  ARENA,  n.  In  politics,  an  imaginary  rat-pit  in  which  the  statesman 
  wrestles  with  his  record. 
 
 




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