area

[ air-ee-uh ]
/ ˈɛər i ə /
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noun

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Origin of area

First recorded in 1530–40; fram Latin ārea “vacant piece of level ground, open space in a town, threshing floor”; perhaps akin to ārēre “to be dry”; see also arid

OTHER WORDS FROM area

ar·e·al, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH area

area , aria
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British Dictionary definitions for area

area
/ (ˈɛərɪə) /

noun

Derived forms of area

areal, adjective

Word Origin for area

C16: from Latin: level ground, open space, threshing-floor; related to ārēre to be dry
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Medical 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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Scientific 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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