A"re*a ]


Any plane surface, as of the floor of a room or church, or of the ground within an inclosure; an open space in a building.

The Alban lake . . . looks like the area of some vast amphitheater. Addison.


The inclosed space on which a building stands.


The sunken space or court, giving ingress and affording light to the basement of a building.


An extent of surface; a tract of the earth's surface; a region; as, vast uncultivated areas.

5. Geom.

The superficial contents of any figure; the surface included within any given lines; superficial extent; as, the area of a square or a triangle.

6. Biol.

A spot or small marked space; as, the germinative area.


Extent; scope; range; as, a wide area of thought.

The largest area of human history and man's common nature. F. Harrison.

Dry area. See under Dry.


© Webster 1913.