Area definition

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A distinct part or section, as of a building, set aside for a specific function.

A storage area in the basement.

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A particular geographic region.
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(UK) An open space, below ground level, between the front of a house and the pavement.

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The definition of Area 51 is a top secret, federally-owned area in Nevada.
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Function.
  • There is a large military base in the center of Area 51; however, the government will not release any details about it.
  • It is a detachment of Edwards Air Force Base.
  • Area 51 has several runways. Some of the runways have been closed, or at least so people think.
  • The United States government studies top secret technology in Area 51.
  • Area 51 is not a test site for weapons. It is a test site for aircraft.
  • There is extremely tight security in the area.
  • It was designed to keep Soviet spies from obtaining any information about the secrets of the United States.
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History and Lore.
  • Quite a number of people, both professionals and ordinary citizens, believe that UFOs have been spotted and found in Area 51.
  • People who do not live too far from Area 51 claim that they have seen UFOs at various times.
  • Bob Lazer, a controversial, self-proclaimed scientist and engineer, claims that he worked with an alien spacecraft there in 1988 and 1989.
  • Not only do some think that aliens are at Area 51, but that the government holds meetings with them.
  • Some people feel that the government is trying to cover up aliens at Area 51. Others disagree and feel that there is no such activity during in this region.
  • Bombing and artillery practice occurred here during World War II.
  • It was abandoned after the war until 1955, when Lockheed Martin decided that this spot was perfect for testing the new U2 spy plane.
  • People think that they have developed time travel devices in Area 51.
  • Area 51 is not officially called Area 51.
  • Uncovering facts about Area 51 is extremely difficult, since only a select number of government officials know exactly what is going on there at any given moment.
  • People who know about Area 51 have signed non-disclosure agreements. Those who have signed the agreements and know about the area can face punishment if they reveal anything.
  • One rumor that surrounds Area 51 is that trespassers are shot. People will take them away, and they might receive a fine. However, they are not shot.
  • Area 51 has appeared in the media many times. People love to portray or speculate about the region in movies and television.
  • In 2005, Microsoft made a shooter game based on Area 51.

An example of Area 51 is the desert land in Nevada which is the center of many UFO stories.

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(mathematics) A measure of the extent of a surface; it is measured in square units.
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Any particular extent of surface, especially an empty or unused extent.

The photo is a little dark in that area.

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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.

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(soccer) Penalty box; penalty area.
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(slang) Genitals.
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(informal) A military base in Nevada, rumored to be where the US government hides extra-planetary alien visitors.
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A roughly bounded part of the space on a surface; a region.

A farming area; the New York area.

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A surface, especially an open, unoccupied piece of ground.

A landing area; a playing area.

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A part of a house, lot, district, city, etc. having a specific use or character.

Dining area, play area, commercial area.

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The definition of an area is a specific extent of land or space.

A football field, a parking lot and a living room floor are each an example of an area.

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Location.
  • The region is approximately 90 miles north of Las Vegas.
  • The actual area measures six by ten miles.
  • It is part of the Groom Box, which is a 23 by 25.3 mile rectangular area.
  • Nuclear testing sites are extremely close to this region.
  • Other names for this region include Groom Lake, Neverland, Watertown Strip, Paradise Ranch, the Box and Dreamland.
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A division of experience, activity, or knowledge; a field.

Studies in the area of finance; a job in the health-care area.

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An open, sunken space next to a building; an areaway.
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The extent of a planar region or of the surface of a solid measured in square units.
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A level surface or piece of ground.
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A part of the earth's surface; region; tract.
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The measure of a bounded region on a plane or of the surface of a solid.
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A yard of a building.
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A part of any surface, as of an organism, or a particular zone, as of the cerebral cortex.
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Scope or extent, as of an operation.
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The extent of a surface or plane figure as measured in square units.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
area
Plural:
are 2, areas

Origin of area

  • Latin ārea open space possibly akin to ārēre to be dry arid

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin area.

    From Wiktionary