Origin of area
Examples from the Web for areal
Historical Examples of areal
The system of line-coordinates allied to the areal system of point-coordinates has special interest.
- the extent of a two-dimensional surface enclosed within a specified boundary or geometric figurethe 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 curvethe area of a sphere
- a geographical division of administrative responsibility
- (as modifier)area manager
Word Origin for area
1670s, from Latin arealis, from area (see area).
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.
n. pl. ar•e•as
see gray area.