[ air-ee-uh ]
/ ˈɛər i ə /
any particular extent of space or surface; part: the dark areas in the painting; the dusty area of the room.
a geographical region; tract: the Chicago area; the unsettled areas along the frontier.
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.
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 areally
/ (ˈɛərɪə) /
any flat, curved, or irregular expanse of a surface
- 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 section, portion, or partan area of the body; an area of the sky
region; district; localitya 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 characteristicreception 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
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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Medicine definitions for areally
[ âr′ē-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 areally
[ âr′ē-ə ]
The extent of a surface or plane figure as measured in square units.
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Idioms and Phrases with areally
see gray area.
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