(1)   A part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function
"The spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants"
(2)   The extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary
"The area of a rectangle"
"It was about 500 square feet in area"
(3)   A part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve
"In the abdominal region"
(4)   A subject of study
"It was his area of specialization"
"Areas of interest include..."
(5)   A particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)
"It was a mountainous area"
"Bible country"
(6)   A particular environment or walk of life
"His social sphere is limited"
"It was a closed area of employment"
"He's out of my orbit"


  1. A measure of the extent of a planar region, or of the surface of a solid; it is measured in square units
  2. A particular geographic region.
  3. Any particular extent of surface.
    The photo is a little dark in that area.
  4. Figuratively, any extent, scope or range of an object or concept.
    The plans are a bit vague in that area.
    My guts are a bit sore in that area.
  5. An open space, below ground level, between the front of a house and the pavement

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