|1.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||region center corner scene space section block safety haunt resort bedground danger no-man's-land shrubbery open hearth no-go_area rain_shadow bermuda_triangle anchorage free_port retreat hunting_ground section quadrant quadrant corner winner's_circle Saxony tank_farm staging_area disaster_area broadcast_area arena|
|2.||[ noun ] a particular environment or walk of life|
|Synonyms:||field sphere domain arena orbit|
"his social sphere is limited" "it was a closed area of employment" "he's out of my orbit"
|Related terms:||environment front kingdom province political_arena preserve lap distaff|
|3.||[ noun ] a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function|
"the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants"
|Related terms:||structure room corner auditorium box patio chancel press_gallery goalmouth dining_area second_balcony hideaway breakfast_area bullpen turnaround nave quad layby orchestra_pit storage_space dead-air_space threshing_floor choir panopticon aisle|
|4.||[ noun ] a subject of study|
"it was his area of specialization" "areas of interest include..."
|Related terms:||topic territory gray_area|
|5.||[ noun ] (anatomy) a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve|
"in the abdominal region"
|Related terms:||body_part side waist palm middle half-moon pubes groin quick cleavage areola thenar macula fovea cortical_area sole perineum hypochondrium epigastrium parafovea area_of_cardiac_dullness erogenous_zone|
|6.||[ noun ] the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary|
"the area of a rectangle" "it was about 500 square feet in area"
|Related terms:||extent acreage space space erasure balk footprint|