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  Dictionary Definition of area

area
noun
1. any particular extent of surface; region; tract: the settled area.
2. extent, range or scope: the whole area of science.
3. a piece of unoccupied ground; an open space.
4. Chiefly Brit. a sunken space leading to a cellar or basement entrance, or in front of basement or cellar windows.
5. Mathematics. amount of surface (plane or curved); two-dimensional extent; the SI unit of area is the square metre (m2).
6. Anatomy, Physiology a zone of the cerebral cortex with a specific function.
[L: piece of level ground, open space]
-- areal, adjective