1. A roughly bounded part of the space on a surface; a region:a farming area; the New York area.
2. A surface, especially an open, unoccupied piece of ground:a landing area; a playing area.
3. A distinct part or section, as of a building, set aside for a specific function:a storage area in the basement.
4. A division of experience, activity, or knowledge; a field:studies in the area of finance; a job in the health-care area.
5. An open, sunken space next to a building; an areaway.
6. Abbr. AThe extent of a planar region or of the surface of a solid measured in square units.
[Latinārea, open space; possibly akin toārere, to be dry; see ARID.]
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To calculate the area of a rectangle, multiply the length by the width. The area of this rectangle is 50 square feet.
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