any section reserved for a specific function: the business area of a town;the dining area of a house.
extent, range, or scope: inquiries that embrace the whole area of science.
field of study, or a branch of a field of study: Related areas of inquiry often reflect borrowed notions.
a piece of unoccupied ground; an open space.
the space or site on which a building stands; the yard attached to or surrounding a house.
British. areaway (def. 1).
the quantitative measure of a plane or curved surface; two-dimensional extent.
Anatomy. a zone of the cerebral cortex having a specific function: The damage to Broca's area affected his speech.
- ar·e·al, adjective
- area , aria
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use area in a sentence
You can leave your main vehicle and camping gear at the site and explore the surrounding area, allowing you to access rivers and trailheads with ease.
We’re seeing encouraging signs in different parts of the business, in some areas getting close to pre-pandemic levels.‘We’re about hiring journalists’: Insider Inc. launches third global news hub in Singapore | Lucinda Southern | September 17, 2020 | Digiday
Voting procedures in your area may have changed because of the pandemic, so be aware of your options and make a voting plan now.ProPublica’s Pandemic Guide to Making Sure Your Vote Counts | by Susie Armitage | September 16, 2020 | ProPublica
The upper pop-top area provides over seven feet of standing room when cooking or hanging out and then transitions into a long, fold-down bed for two.
This work includes areas related to activism, practice and policy, journalism, education, as well as programs and service.
Historically the reelection rate for members of Congress is in the area of 95 percent.
The benefits of incumbency are quite potent, especially in the all-important area of raising campaign funds.
As he drove me back to the logging road, Frank told me about the area in his deep voice.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods | James Higdon | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
His neighbors include some of the other designer outposts one finds speckled around the area.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech | Liza Foreman | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The area is 98 percent white, and the Klan has a strong foothold even to this very day.
By their agreement with the owner, the Company have the right of mining under an area of 185 acres, at a royalty of 6d.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
If you did fail, you would try Exclusion, and you would find nothing which is the antithesis of the area of New York.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
The total area of land purchased for the carrying-out of the scheme is put at 215,317 square yds.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
That with the increased area of the pallet is why the lower notes of the organ were so hard to play.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
Considerable quantities of chromic iron are found on the hills in this area, which embraces about six hundred acres.Asbestos | Robert H. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for area
any flat, curved, or irregular expanse of a surface
the extent of a two-dimensional surface enclosed within a specified boundary or geometric figure: the area of Ireland; the area of a triangle
the two-dimensional extent of the surface of a solid, or of some part thereof, esp one bounded by a closed curve: the area of a sphere
a section, portion, or part: an area of the body; an area of the sky
region; district; locality: a mountainous area
a geographical division of administrative responsibility
(as modifier): area manager
a part or section, as of a building, town, etc, having some specified function or characteristic: reception area; commercial area; slum area
Also called: areaway a sunken area, usually enclosed, giving light, air, and sometimes access to a cellar or basement
the range, extent, or scope of anything
a subject field or field of study
any unoccupied or unused flat open piece of ground
the ground on which a building stands, or the ground surrounding a building
anatomy any of the various regions of the cerebral cortex
computing any part of a computer memory assigned to store data of a specified type
- areal, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for area
The extent of a surface or plane figure as measured in square units.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Other Idioms and Phrases with area
see gray area.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.