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area

[ air-ee-uh ]
/ ˈɛər i ə /
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Origin of area

1530–40; < Latin ārea vacant piece of level ground, open space in a town, threshing floor; perhaps akin to ārēre to be dry. See arid
Related formsar·e·al, adjectivear·e·al·ly, adverb
Can be confusedarea aria
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British Dictionary definitions for area

area

/ (ˈɛərɪə) /

noun

Derived Formsareal, adjective

Word Origin for area

C16: from Latin: level ground, open space, threshing-floor; related to ārēre to be dry
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Word Origin and History for area

area


n.

1530s, "vacant piece of ground," from Latin area "level ground, open space," used of building sites, playgrounds, threshing floors, etc.; of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to arere "to become dry," on notion of a burned clearing or dry, bare space. The generic sense of "amount of surface (whether open or not) contained within any set of limits" is from 1845. Area code in North American telephone systems is attested from 1959.

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Medicine definitions for area

area

[ ârē-ə ]

n. pl. ar•e•as

A circumscribed surface or space.
All of a part that is supplied by a given artery or nerve.
A part of an organ having a special function.
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Science definitions for area

area

[ ârē-ə ]

The extent of a surface or plane figure as measured in square units.
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Idioms and Phrases with area

area


see gray area.

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