1. [ noun ] a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)
Synonyms: country

"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
Synonyms: region

"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
Synonyms: surface_area expanse

"the area of a rectangle" "it was about 500 square feet in area"

Related terms: extent acreage space space erasure balk footprint
Similar spelling:   are