• Area

    Pronunciation

    • RP IPA: /ˈɛə̯ɹɪə̯/
    • US IPA: /ˈæɹ.i.ə/, /ˈɛɹ.i.ə/

    Origin

    From Latin area.

    Noun

    area

    (plural areas or areæ)
    1. (mathematics) A measure of the extent of a surface; it is measured in square units.
    2. A particular geographic region.
    3. Any particular extent of surface, especially an empty or unused extent.
      The photo is a little dark in that area.
    4. Figuratively, any extent, scope or range of an object or concept.
      • 2013, Rob Dorit, Making Life from Scratch, Today, a new area of research that similarly aims to mimic a complex biological phenomenon—life itself—is taking off. Synthetic biology, a seductive experimental subfield in the life sciences, seems tantalizingly to promise custom-designed life created in the laboratory.
    5. The plans are a bit vague in that area.   My guts are a bit sore in that area.
    6. (British) An open space, below ground level, between the front of a house and the pavement.
    7. (soccer) Penalty box; penalty area.
      • 2010, December 29, Mark Vesty, Wigan 2-2 Arsenal, Bendtner's goal-bound shot was well saved by goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi but fell to Arsahvin on the edge of the area and the Russian swivelled, shaped his body and angled a sumptuous volley into the corner.
    8. (slang) Genitals.

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