area

The area is a part of a place, usually defined by a function. If you can't stop talking, don't sit in the quiet area of the library.

In Latin, area means a vacant piece of ground, but we use it in English to talk about a region or place that's a subset of another larger region. The boarding area in the airport is the space right next to the door. Area is also used to describe topics or subjects of study or work. Within a big history department, professors have different areas of specialty, from medieval economics to urban American politics.

DEFINITIONS OF: area

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n the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary

“the area of a rectangle”
“it was about 500 square feet in area
Synonyms:
expanse, surface area
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acreage, land area
an area of ground used for some particular purpose (such as building or farming)
footprint
the area taken up by some object
erasure
a surface area where something has been erased
blank space, place, space
a blank area
space
one of the areas between or below or above the lines of a musical staff
balk, baulk
the area on a billiard table behind the balkline
plane section, section
(geometry) the area created by a plane cutting through a solid
margin
the blank space that surrounds the text on a page
indent, indentation, indention, indenture
the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line
cross section
a section created by a plane cutting a solid perpendicular to its longest axis
Type of:
extent
the distance or area or volume over which something extends

n a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)

“it was a mountainous area
Synonyms:
country
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Bermuda Triangle
an area in the western Atlantic Ocean where many ships and planes are supposed to have been mysteriously lost
Camelot
(Arthurian legend) the capital of King Arthur's kingdom; according to the legend, truth and goodness and beauty reigned there
Camp David
a retreat to the northwest of Washington that is used by the president of the United States
George Town
the capital of the Cayman Islands
Forbidden City
a walled section of Beijing that encloses the palace that was formerly the residence of the emperor of China
capital of Barbados
capital of Barbados; a port city on the southwestern coast of Barbados
Wiesbaden
a city in western Germany; a spa since Roman times
City of London
the part of London situated within the ancient boundaries; the commercial and financial center of London
capital of Northern Ireland
capital and largest city of Northern Ireland; the center of Protestantism in Northern Ireland
Edinburgh
the capital of Scotland; located in the Lothian Region on the south side of the Firth of Forth
Cardiff
the capital and largest city of Wales
Latin Quarter
the region of Paris on the southern bank of the Seine; a center of artistic and student life
Montmartre
the highest point in Paris; famous for its associations with many artists
Right Bank
the region of Paris on the north bank of the Seine
Waikiki
a well-known beach and resort area on Oahu Island to the southeast of Honolulu
Charlestown
a former town and present-day neighborhood of Boston; settled in 1629
State of the Vatican City
the smallest sovereign state in the world; the see of the Pope (as the Bishop of Rome); home of the Pope and the central administration of the Roman Catholic Church; achieved independence from Italy in 1929
Windhoek
capital of Namibia in the center of the country
capital of Afghanistan
the capital and largest city of Afghanistan; located in eastern Afghanistan
Albanian capital
the capital and largest city of Albania in the center of the country
Algerian capital
an ancient port on the Mediterranean; the capital and largest city of Algeria
Angolan capital
port city on Atlantic coast; the capital and largest city of Angola
capital of Antigua and Barbuda
the capital and largest city of Antigua and Barbuda; located on the island of Antigua
capital of Argentina
capital and largest city of Argentina; located in eastern Argentina near Uruguay; Argentina's chief port and industrial and cultural center
Bulgarian capital
capital and largest city of Bulgaria located in western Bulgaria
Rangoon
the capital and largest city of Myanmar; located in the south near the Irrawaddy river delta
capital of Burundi
the capital and largest city of Burundi
Cambodian capital
the capital and largest city of Kampuchea
capital of Cameroon
the capital of Cameroon
capital of Cape Verde
the capital of Cape Verde on Sao Tiago Island
capital of Central Africa
the capital and largest city of the Central African Republic
capital of Sri Lanka
the capital and largest city of Sri Lanka; has one of the largest harbors in the world; is located on the western coast of the island of Ceylon
capital of Chad
the capital and largest city of Chad; located in the southwestern on the Shari river
Santiago de Chile
the capital and largest city of Chile; located in central Chile; one of the largest cities in South America
capital of Red China
capital of the People's Republic of China in the Hebei province in northeastern China; 2nd largest Chinese city
capital of Taiwan
the capital of Nationalist China; located in northern Taiwan
capital of Colombia
capital and largest city of Colombia; located in central Colombia on a high fertile plain
Brazzaville
the capital and largest city of the Republic of the Congo
Leopoldville
the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the Congo river opposite Brazzaville
capital of Costa Rica
the capital and largest city of Costa Rica
Yamoussukro
capital of the Ivory Coast
capital of Guatemala
the capital and largest city of Guatemala
Honduran capital
the capital and largest city of Honduras
Salvadoran capital
the capital and largest city of El Salvador; has suffered from recurrent earthquakes
capital of Nicaragua
the capital and largest city of Nicaragua
Panamanian capital
the capital and largest city of Panama
capital of Mexico
the capital and largest city of Mexico is a political and cultural and commercial and industrial center; one of the world's largest cities
capital of Cuba
the capital and largest city of Cuba; located in western Cuba; one of the oldest cities in the Americas
Haitian capital
the capital and largest city of Haiti
capital of the Dominican Republic
the capital and largest city of the Dominican Republic
capital of Jamaica
capital and largest city of Jamaica
capital of Trinidad and Tobago
the capital and largest city of Trinidad and Tobago on the west coast of the island of Trinidad
capital of Cyprus
the capital and largest city of Cyprus
Czech capital
the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic in the western part of the country; a cultural and commercial center since the 14th century
capital of Slovakia
capital and largest city of Slovakia
capital of Benin
the capital of Benin in southwestern part of country on a coastal lagoon
capital of Togo
capital and largest city of Togo; located in the south on the Gulf of Guinea
Danish capital
the capital and largest city of Denmark; located on the island of Zealand
capital of Djibouti
port city on the Gulf of Aden; the capital and largest city of Djibouti
Roseau
the capital and largest city of Dominica
Malabo
the capital and largest city of Equatorial Guinea on the island of Bioko in the Gulf of Guinea
capital of Norway
the capital and largest city of Norway; the country's main port; located at the head of a fjord on Norway's southern coast
capital of Sweden
the capital and largest city of Sweden; located in southern Sweden on the Baltic
German capital
capital of Germany located in eastern Germany
capital of Ecuador
the capital of Ecuador
Asmara
the capital of Eritrea
capital of Ethiopia
the capital of Ethiopia and the country's largest city; located in central Ethiopia
Suva
the capital and largest city of Fiji (on Viti Levu island)
capital of Finland
the capital and largest city of Finland; located in southern Finland; a major port and commercial and cultural center
capital of Greece
the capital and largest city of Greece; named after Athena (its patron goddess)
capital of Israel
capital and largest city of the modern state of Israel (although its status as capital is disputed); it was captured from Jordan in 1967 in the Six Day War; a holy city for Jews and Christians and Muslims; was the capital of an ancient kingdom
capital of Italy
capital and largest city of Italy; on the Tiber; seat of the Roman Catholic Church; formerly the capital of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire
capital of Romania
national capital and largest city of Romania in southeastern Romania
capital of Rwanda
the national capital and largest city of Rwanda; located in central Rwanda
capital of Serbia and Montenegro
capital and largest city of Serbia and Montenegro; situated on the Danube
Ljubljana
the capital of Slovenia
Zagreb
the capital of Croatia
Edmonton
the capital of the province of Alberta
Victoria
capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia on Vancouver Island
Winnipeg
the capital and largest city of Manitoba; located in southern Manitoba; known for severe winters
Fredericton
the provincial capital of New Brunswick
Saint John's
a port and provincial capital of Newfoundland
Halifax
provincial capital and largest city of Nova Scotia
capital of Canada
the capital of Canada (located in southeastern Ontario across the Ottawa river from Quebec)
Toronto
the provincial capital and largest city in Ontario (and the largest city in Canada)
Charlottetown
the provincial capital and largest city of Prince Edward Island
Quebec City
the French-speaking capital of the province of Quebec; situated on the Saint Lawrence River
Regina
the provincial capital of Saskatchewan
Whitehorse
the provincial capital of the Yukon Territory
capital of Australia
the capital of Australia; located in southeastern Australia
Brisbane
capital and largest city of Queensland state; located in the southeastern corner of Queensland on the Pacific; settled by British as a penal colony; 3rd largest city in Australia
Sydney
the largest Australian city located in southeastern Australia on the Tasman Sea; state capital of New South Wales; Australia's chief port
Melbourne
the capital of Victoria state and 2nd largest Australian city; a financial and commercial center
Hobart
a port and state capital of Tasmania
Adelaide
the state capital of South Australia
Perth
the state capital of Western Australia
Darwin
provincial capital of the Northern Territory of Australia
Kolonia
capital of Micronesia
Funafuti
capital of Tuvalu
Bairiki
national capital of Kiribati
capital of Papua New Guinea
the administrative capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea
capital of Austria
the capital and largest city of Austria; located on the Danube in northeastern Austria; was the home of Beethoven and Brahms and Haydn and Mozart and Schubert and Strauss
capital of the Bahamas
the capital of the Bahamas
capital of Bahrain
the capital of Bahrain; located at the northern end of Bahrain Island
capital of Bangladesh
the capital and largest city of Bangladesh
capital of Belgium
the capital and largest city of Belgium; seat of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
capital of Botswana
capital and largest city of Botswana in the extreme southeast
capital of Bolivia
capital city in western Bolivia and the administrative seat of Bolivia's government; largest city in Bolivia
Brazilian capital
the capital of Brazil; a city built on the central plateau and inaugurated in 1960
capital of the United Kingdom
the capital and largest city of England; located on the Thames in southeastern England; financial and industrial and cultural center
capital of Ireland
capital and largest city and major port of the Irish Republic
Egyptian capital
the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa; a major port just to the south of the Nile delta; formerly the home of the Pharaohs
capital of India
the capital of India is a division of the old city of Delhi
capital of Nepal
the capital and largest city of Nepal
capital of Tibet
the sacred city of Lamaism; known as the Forbidden City for its former inaccessibility and hostility to strangers
capital of Indonesia
capital and largest city of Indonesia; located on the island of Java; founded by the Dutch in 17th century
Iranian capital
the capital and largest city of Iran; located in northern Iran
capital of Iraq
capital and largest city of Iraq; located on the Tigris River
Japanese capital
the capital and largest city of Japan; the economic and cultural center of Japan
capital of Jordan
the capital and largest city of Jordan
capital of Kenya
the capital and largest city of Kenya; a center for tourist safaris
capital of Kuwait
a seaport on the Persian Gulf and capital of Kuwait
capital of France
the capital and largest city of France; and international center of culture and commerce
capital of Gabon
the capital of Gabon
capital of Gambia
a port city and capital of Gambia
capital of Ghana
the capital and largest city of Ghana with a deep-water port
capital of Grenada
the capital and largest city of Grenada
capital of Guinea
a port and the capital of Guinea
capital of Guinea-Bissau
the capital of Guinea-Bissau
Georgetown
port city and the capital and largest city of Guyana
capital of The Netherlands
an industrial center and the nominal capital of the Netherlands; center of the diamond-cutting industry; seat of an important stock exchange; known for its canals and art museum
capital of Hungary
capital and largest city of Hungary; located on the Danube River in north-central Hungary
capital of Iceland
the capital and chief port of Iceland on the southwestern coast of Iceland; buildings are heated by natural hot water
capital of North Korea
capital of North Korea and an industrial center
capital of South Korea
the capital of South Korea and the largest city of Asia; located in northwestern South Korea
Laotian capital
the capital and largest city of Laos
capital of Lebanon
capital and largest city of Lebanon; located in western Lebanon on the Mediterranean
capital of Lesotho
the capital of Lesotho; located in northwestern Lesotho
capital of Liberia
the capital and chief port and largest city of Liberia
Tarabulus Al-Gharb
the capital and chief port and largest city of Libya; in northwestern Libya on the Mediterranean Sea; founded by the Phoenicians in the 7th century BC
capital of Liechtenstein
the capital and largest city of Liechtenstein
capital of Luxembourg
the capital and largest city of Luxembourg
Skoplje
capital of modern Macedonia
capital of Madagascar
the capital and largest city of Madagascar
capital of Malawi
the capital of Malawi; located in south central Malawi
capital of Malaysia
Malaysia's sparkling new capital
Male
the capital of Maldives in the center of the islands
Bamako
the capital of Mali; located in the south on the Niger
capital of Malta
the capital of Malta; located on the northeastern coast of the island
Nouakchott
capital of Mauritania; located in western Mauritania near the Atlantic coast
Port Louis
capital and chief port of Mauritius; located on the northwestern coast of the island
Monaco-Ville
the capital of Monaco
capital of Mongolia
the capital and largest city of Mongolia
capital of Morocco
the capital of Morocco; located in the northwestern on the Atlantic coast
capital of Mozambique
the capital and largest city of Mozambique
capital of New Zealand
the capital of New Zealand
capital of Niger
the capital and largest city of Niger
capital of Nigeria
capital of Nigeria in the center of the country
capital of Oman
a port on the Gulf of Oman and capital of the sultanate of Oman
capital of Pakistan
the capital of Pakistan in the north on a plateau; the site was chosen in 1959
capital of Paraguay
the capital and chief port of Paraguay
capital of Peru
capital and largest city and economic center of Peru; located in western Peru; was capital of the Spanish empire in the New World until the 19th century
capital of the Philippines
the capital and largest city of the Philippines; located on southern Luzon
capital of Poland
the capital and largest city of Poland; located in central Poland
capital of Portugal
capital and largest city and economic and cultural center of Portugal; a major port in western Portugal on Tagus River where it broadens and empties into the Atlantic
capital of Qatar
the capital and chief port of Qatar
Basseterre
the capital of Saint Kitts and Nevis on the island of Saint Christopher
Castries
a port on the island of Saint Lucia; capital and largest city of Saint Lucia
Kingstown
the capital of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; on Saint Vincent
capital of Western Samoa
the capital of Western Samoa
capital of San Marino
the capital and only city of San Marino
Sao Tome
capital of Sao Tome and Principe
capital of Saudi Arabia
joint capital (with Mecca) of Saudi Arabia located in the central oasis; largest city in Saudi Arabia
capital of Senegal
the capital and chief port and largest city of Senegal
capital of Seychelles
port city and the capital of Seychelles
capital of Sierra Leone
port city and the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone
capital of Singapore
the capital of Singapore; one of the world's biggest ports
Honiara
national capital of Solomon Islands
capital of Somalia
the capital and largest city of Somalia; a port on the Indian Ocean
capital of South Africa
city in the Transvaal; the seat of the executive branch of the government of South Africa
capital of the Russian Federation
a city of central European Russia; formerly capital of both the Soviet Union and Soviet Russia; since 1991 the capital of the Russian Federation
capital of Belarus
the capital of Belarus and of the Commonwealth of Independent States
capital of Estonia
a port city on the Gulf of Finland that is the capital and largest city of Estonia
capital of Latvia
a port city on the Gulf of Riga that is the capital and largest city of Latvia; formerly a member of the Hanseatic League
capital of Lithuania
the capital and largest city of Lithuania; located in southeastern Lithuania
capital of Moldova
the capital of Moldova
capital of the Ukraine
capital and largest city of the Ukraine; a major manufacturing and transportation center
capital of Armenia
capital of Armenia
capital of Azerbaijan
a port city on the Caspian Sea that is the capital of Azerbaijan and an important center for oil production
capital of Georgia
the capital and largest city of Georgia on the Kura river
capital of Kazakhstan
remote city of Kazakhstan that (ostensibly for security reasons) was made the capital in 1998
capital of Kyrgyzstan
the capital of Kyrgyzstan (known as Frunze 1926-1991)
capital of Tajikistan
the capital of Tajikistan; formerly Stalinabad 1926-1991
capital of Turkmenistan
the capital and largest city of Turkmenistan
capital of Uzbek
the capital of Uzbekistan
capital of Spain
the capital and largest city situated centrally in Spain; home of an outstanding art museum
capital of Sudan
the capital of Sudan located at the confluence of the Blue Nile and White Nile
capital of Suriname
the capital and largest city and major port of Surinam
capital of Swaziland
capital of Swaziland; located in northwestern Swaziland
capital of Switzerland
the capital of Switzerland; located in western Switzerland
capital of Syria
an ancient city (widely regarded as the world's oldest) and present capital and largest city of Syria; according to the New Testament, the Apostle Paul (then known as Saul) underwent a dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus
capital of Tanzania
the capital and largest port city of Tanzania on the Indian Ocean
capital of Thailand
the capital and largest city and chief port of Thailand; a leading city in southeastern Asia; noted for Buddhist architecture
capital of Tunisia
the capital and principal port of Tunisia
capital of Turkey
the capital of Turkey; located in west-central Turkey; it was formerly known as Angora and is the home of Angora goats
capital of Uganda
the capital and largest city of Uganda on the north shore of Lake Victoria
United Arab Emirates's capital
a sheikhdom of eastern Arabia and capital of the United Arab Emirates
capital of Alabama
the state capital of Alabama on the Mobile River
capital of Alaska
the state capital of Alaska
capital of Arizona
the state capital and largest city located in south central Arizona; situated in a former desert that has become a prosperous agricultural area thanks to irrigation
capital of Arkansas
the state capital and largest city of Arkansas in the central part of Arkansas on the Arkansas River
capital of California
a city in north central California 75 miles to the northeast of San Francisco on the Sacramento River; capital of California
capital of Colorado
the state capital and largest city of Colorado; located in central Colorado on the South Platte river
capital of Connecticut
the state capital of Connecticut; located in central Connecticut on the Connecticut river; a center of the insurance business
capital of Delaware
the capital of the state of Delaware
capital of the United States
the capital of the United States in the District of Columbia and a tourist mecca; George Washington commissioned Charles L'Enfant to lay out the city in 1791
capital of Florida
capital of the state of Florida; located in northern Florida
capital of Georgia
state capital and largest city of Georgia; chief commercial center of the southeastern United States; was plundered and burned by Sherman's army during the American Civil War
capital of Hawaii
the capital and largest city of Hawaii; located on a large bay on the island of Oahu
capital of Idaho
the capital and largest city of Idaho
capital of Illinois
capital of the state of Illinois
capital of Indiana
the capital and largest city of Indiana; a major commercial center in the country's heartland; site of an annual 500-mile automobile race
capital of Iowa
the capital and largest city in Iowa
capital of Kansas
the capital of the state of Kansas; located in eastern Kansas on the Kansas river
capital of Kentucky
the capital of Kentucky; located in northern Kentucky
capital of Louisiana
capital of Louisiana
capital of Maine
the capital of the state of Maine
capital of Maryland
state capital of Maryland; site of the United States Naval Academy
capital of Massachusetts
state capital and largest city of Massachusetts; a major center for banking and financial services
capital of Michigan
capital of the state of Michigan; located in southern Michigan on the Grand River
capital of Minnesota
capital of the state of Minnesota; located in southeastern Minnesota on the Mississippi river adjacent to Minneapolis; one of the Twin Cities
capital of Mississippi
capital of the state of Mississippi on the Pearl River
capital of Missouri
capital of the state of Missouri; located in central Missouri on the Missouri river
capital of Montana
capital of the state of Montana; located in western Montana
capital of Nebraska
capital of the state of Nebraska; located in southeastern Nebraska; site of the University of Nebraska
capital of Nevada
capital of the state of Nevada; located in western Nevada
capital of New Hampshire
capital of the state of New Hampshire; located in south central New Hampshire on the Merrimack river
capital of New Jersey
capital of the state of New Jersey; located in western New Jersey on the Delaware river
capital of New Mexico
capital of the state of New Mexico; located in north central New Mexico
capital of New York
state capital of New York; located in eastern New York State on the west bank of the Hudson river
capital of North Carolina
capital of the state of North Carolina; located in the east central part of the North Carolina
capital of North Dakota
capital of the state of North Dakota; located in south central North Dakota overlooking the Missouri river
capital of Ohio
the state capital of Ohio; located in the center of the state; site of Ohio State University
capital of Oklahoma
capital and largest city of Oklahoma; the economy is based on oil and livestock
capital of Oregon
capital of the state of Oregon in the northwestern part of the state on the Willamette River
capital of Pennsylvania
capital of Pennsylvania; located in southern part of state
capital of Rhode Island
the capital and largest city of Rhode Island; located in northeastern Rhode Island on Narragansett Bay; site of Brown University
capital of South Carolina
capital and largest city in South Carolina; located in central South Carolina
capital of South Dakota
capital of the state of South Dakota; located in central South Dakota on the Missouri river
capital of Tennessee
capital of the state of Tennessee; located in the north central part of the state on the Cumberland River; known for country music
capital of Texas
state capital of Texas on the Colorado River; site of the University of Texas
capital of Utah
the capital and largest city of Utah; located near the Great Salt Lake in north central Utah; world capital of the Mormon Church
capital of Vermont
capital of the state of Vermont; located in north central Vermont
capital of Virginia
capital of the state of Virginia located in the east central part of the state; was capital of the Confederacy during the American Civil War
capital of Washington
capital of the state of Washington; located in western Washington on Puget Sound
capital of West Virginia
state capital of West Virginia in the central part of the state on the Kanawha river
capital of Wisconsin
capital of the state of Wisconsin; located in the southern part of state; site of the main branch of the University of Wisconsin
capital of Wyoming
the capital and largest city of Wyoming; located in the southeastern corner of the state
capital of Uruguay
the capital and largest city of Uruguay; a cosmopolitan city and one of the busiest ports in South America
capital of Vanuatu
capital of Vanuatu
capital of Venezuela
the capital and largest city of Venezuela
capital of Vietnam
the capital city of Vietnam; located in North Vietnam
Sana'a
the capital and largest city of Yemen; on the central plateau
capital of Zambia
the capital and largest city of Zambia
capital of Zimbabwe
the capital and largest city of Zimbabwe
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arena
the central area of an ancient Roman amphitheater where contests and spectacles were held; especially an area that was strewn with sand
high country
an area lying above the piedmont but below the timberline
bed ground, bed-ground, bedground
an area on which a drove of cattle or sheep can sleep for a night
broadcast area
the area over which a radio or tv transmission can be received
center, centre, eye, heart, middle
an area that is approximately central within some larger region
corner
a place off to the side of an area
corner
a remote area
disaster area
a region whose population is affected by a general disaster
hangout, haunt, repair, resort, stamping ground
a frequently visited place
fireside, hearth
an area near a fireplace (usually paved and extending out into a room)
hunting ground
an area in which game is hunted
no-go area
an area that is dangerous or impossible to enter or to which entry is forbidden
no man's land
an unoccupied area between the front lines of opposing armies
quadrant
the area enclosed by two perpendicular radii of a circle
quadrant
any of the four areas into which a plane is divided by two orthogonal coordinate axes
rain shadow
an area that has little precipitation because some barrier causes the winds to lose their moisture before reaching it
staging area
an area where troops and equipment in transit are assembled before a military operation
clear, open
a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water
free port, free zone
an area adjoining a port where goods that are intended for reshipment can be received and stored without payment of duties
anchorage, anchorage ground
place for vessels to anchor
playground, resort area, vacation spot
an area where many people go for recreation
block, city block
a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings
neighborhood
an area within a city or town that has some distinctive features (especially one forming a community)
retreat
a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
refuge, safety
a safe place
danger
a dangerous place
scene
the place where some action occurs
section
a distinct region or subdivision of a territorial or political area or community or group of people
shrubbery
an area where a number of shrubs are planted
space
an area reserved for some particular purpose
tank farm
an area used exclusively for storing petroleum in large tanks
winner's circle
a small area at a racecourse where awards are given to the owners of winning horses
center stage, centre stage
the central area on a theater stage
central city, city center, city centre
the central part of a city
storm center, storm centre
the central area or place of lowest barometric pressure within a storm
outskirts
outlying areas (as of a city or town)
financial center
the part of a city where financial institutions are centered
hub
a center of activity or interest or commerce or transportation; a focal point around which events revolve
inner city
the older and more populated and (usually) poorer central section of a city
air space, airspace
the space in the atmosphere immediately above the earth
crawl space, crawlspace
low space beneath a floor of a building; gives workers access to wiring or plumbing
disc space, disk space
(computer science) the space available on a magnetic disk
medical center
the part of a city where medical facilities are centered
midfield
(sports) the middle part of a playing field (as in football or lacrosse)
flies
(theater) the space over the stage (out of view of the audience) used to store scenery (drop curtains)
gathering place
a favorite haunt where people gather
key, paint
(basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different color from the rest of the court
no-parking zone
a space where automobiles are not allowed to park
parking space, parking zone
a space where an automobile can be parked
berth, moorage, mooring, slip
a place where a craft can be made fast
roads, roadstead
a partly sheltered anchorage
locality, neck of the woods, neighborhood, neighbourhood, vicinity
a surrounding or nearby region
ashram
(India) a place of religious retreat for Hindus
ashram
a place of religious retreat modeled after the Indian ashram
nook
a sheltered and secluded place
nest
a cosy or secluded retreat
pleasance
a pleasant and secluded part of a garden; usually attached to a mansion
harborage, harbourage
(nautical) a place of refuge (as for a ship)
sanctum, sanctum sanctorum
a place of inviolable privacy
light
an illuminated area
dark, darkness, shadow
an unilluminated area
field of honor
the scene of a duel
stage
any scene regarded as a setting for exhibiting or doing something
separation
the space where a division or parting occurs
place, seat
a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane)
seat
a center of authority (as a city from which authority is exercised)
terreplein
level space where heavy guns can be mounted behind the parapet at the top of a rampart
locale, locus, venue
the scene of any event or action (especially the place of a meeting)
spa, watering hole, watering place
a health resort near a spring or at the seaside
workspace
space allocated for your work (as in an office)
borscht belt, borscht circuit, borsht belt, borsht circuit
(informal) a resort area in the Catskill Mountains of New York that was patronized primarily by Jewish guests
midstream
the middle of a stream
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region
a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth

n a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function

“the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants”
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Holy Sepulcher
the sepulcher in which Christ's body lay between burial and resurrection
Marineland
a commercial aquarium featuring trained dolphins
Mausoleum at Halicarnasus
a white marble mausoleum 140 feet high built in 352 BC at Halicarnassus as a memorial to a king; destroyed in 1402
Taj Mahal
beautiful mausoleum at Agra built by the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan (completed in 1649) in memory of his favorite wife
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aisle
part of a church divided laterally from the nave proper by rows of pillars or columns
auditorium
the area of a theater or concert hall where the audience sits
baggage claim
an area in an airport where arriving passengers can collect the luggage that has been carried in the hold of the aircraft
box
any one of several designated areas on a ball field where the batter or catcher or coaches are positioned
breakfast area, breakfast nook
a place for light meals (usually near a kitchen)
bullpen
a place on a baseball field where relief pitchers can warm up during a game
bema, chancel, sanctuary
area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing
choir
the area occupied by singers; the part of the chancel between sanctuary and nave
corner, nook
an interior angle formed by two meeting walls
court, courtyard
an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings
dead-air space
an unventilated area where no air circulates
dining area
an area arranged for dining
enclosure
a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
goalmouth
(sports) the area immediately in front of the goal
hideaway, retreat
an area where you can be alone
nave
the central area of a church
orchestra pit, pit
lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers
panopticon
an area where everything is visible
patio, terrace
usually paved outdoor area adjoining a residence
pit
(auto racing) an area at the side of a racetrack where the race cars are serviced and refueled
pit
(commodity exchange) the part of the floor of a commodity exchange where trading in a particular commodity is carried on
press gallery
an area (sometimes in a balcony) set aside for reporters (especially in a legislative hall)
lay-by, layby, pull-off, rest area, rest stop
designated paved area beside a main road where cars can stop temporarily
quad, quadrangle
a rectangular area surrounded on all sides by buildings
room
an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling
family circle, peanut gallery, second balcony, upper balcony
rearmost or uppermost area in the balcony containing the least expensive seats
storage space
the area in any structure that provides space for storage
threshing floor
a floor or ground area for threshing or treading out grain
turnaround
an area sufficiently large for a vehicle to turn around
amen corner
area reserved for persons leading the responsive `amens'
anechoic chamber
a chamber having very little reverberation
antechamber, anteroom, entrance hall, foyer, hall, lobby, vestibule
a large entrance or reception room or area
assembly hall
a hall where many people can congregate
atrium
the central area in a building; open to the sky
back room
a room located in the rear of an establishment; usually accessible only to privileged groups
bailey
the outer courtyard of a castle
ballroom, dance hall, dance palace
large room used mainly for dancing
bar, barroom, ginmill, saloon, taproom
a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter
bath, bathroom
a room (as in a residence) containing a bathtub or shower and usually a washbasin and toilet
batter's box
an area on a baseball diamond (on either side of home plate) marked by lines within which the batter must stand when at bat
bedchamber, bedroom, chamber, sleeping accommodation, sleeping room
a room used primarily for sleeping
belfry
a room (often at the top of a tower) where bells are hung
billiard hall, billiard parlor, billiard parlour, billiard room, billiard saloon
a room in which billiards is played
boardroom, council chamber
a room where a committee meets (such as the board of directors of a company)
cache
a hidden storage space (for money or provisions or weapons)
cage, coop
an enclosure made or wire or metal bars in which birds or animals can be kept
cardroom
a room for gambling on card games
cargo area, cargo deck, cargo hold, hold, storage area
the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
catchall
an enclosure or receptacle for odds and ends
cell, jail cell, prison cell
a room where a prisoner is kept
cell, cubicle
small room in which a monk or nun lives
cellar, wine cellar
storage space where wines are stored
chamber
a natural or artificial enclosed space
chamber
a room where a judge transacts business
checkroom, left-luggage office
a room where baggage or parcels are checked
chimney corner, inglenook
a corner by a fireplace
classroom, schoolroom
a room in a school where lessons take place
clean room, white room
a room that is virtually free of dust or bacteria; used in laboratory work and in assembly or repair of precision equipment
cloakroom, coatroom
a room where coats and other articles can be left temporarily
cloister
a courtyard with covered walks (as in religious institutions)
closet
a small private room for study or prayer
clubroom
a room used for the activities of a club
compartment
a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area
compound
an enclosure of residences and other building (especially in the Orient)
conference room
a room in which a conference can be held
control room
a room housing control equipment (as in a recording studio)
court, courtroom
a room in which a lawcourt sits
cubby, cubbyhole, snug, snuggery
a small secluded room
closet, cupboard
a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space
cutting room
a room where films or tapes are edited (by cutting out unwanted parts)
darkroom
a room in which photographs are developed
den
a room that is comfortable and secluded
dinette
a small area off of a kitchen that is used for dining
dining room, dining-room
a room used for dining
dock
an enclosure in a court of law where the defendant sits during the trial
door
a room that is entered via a door
drawer
a boxlike container in a piece of furniture; made so as to slide in and out
dressing room
a room in which you can change clothes
durbar
the room in the palace of a native prince of India in which audiences and receptions occur
echo chamber
an enclosed space for producing reverberation of a sound
engine room, engineering
a room (as on a ship) in which the engine is located
floor, trading floor
a large room in a exchange where the trading is done
food court
an area (as in a shopping mall) where fast food is sold (usually around a common eating area)
forecourt
the outer or front court of a building or of a group of buildings
furnace room
a room (usually in the basement of a building) that contains a furnace for heating the building
gallery
a long usually narrow room used for some specific purpose
art gallery, gallery, picture gallery
a room or series of rooms where works of art are exhibited
greenroom
a backstage room in a theater where performers rest or have visitors
guardroom
a room used by soldiers on guard
hall
a large room for gatherings or entertainment
hospital room
a room in a hospital for the care of patients
kitchen
a room equipped for preparing meals
library
a room where books are kept
front room, living room, living-room, parlor, parlour, sitting room
a room in a private house or establishment where people can sit and talk and relax
lock, lock chamber
enclosure consisting of a section of canal that can be closed to control the water level; used to raise or lower vessels that pass through it
locker room
a room (as at an athletic facility or workplace) where you can change clothes and which contains lockers for the temporary storage of your clothing and personal possessions
lounge, waiting area, waiting room
a room (as in a hotel or airport) with seating where people can wait
hall, manor hall
the large room of a manor or castle
nacelle
a streamlined enclosure for an aircraft engine
parvis
a courtyard or portico in front of a building (especially a cathedral)
pen
an enclosure for confining livestock
pit
an enclosure in which animals are made to fight
pen, playpen
a portable enclosure in which babies may be left to play
plenum
an enclosed space in which the air pressure is higher than outside
poolroom
a room with pool tables where pool is played
dog pound, pound
a public enclosure for stray or unlicensed dogs
presence chamber
room in which a monarch or other great person receives guests, assemblies, etc.
rathole
a small dirty uncomfortable room
reading room
a room set aside for reading
reception room
a room for receiving and entertaining visitors (as in a private house or hotel)
niche, recess
an enclosure that is set back or indented
rec room, recreation room
a room equipped for informal entertaining
cellar, root cellar
an excavation where root vegetables are stored
rotunda
a large circular room
scriptorium
a room in a monastery that is set aside for writing or copying manuscripts
scullery
a small room (in large old British houses) next to the kitchen; where kitchen utensils are cleaned and kept and other rough household jobs are done
sewing room
a room set aside for sewing
shipping room
a room where goods are packaged and shipped
shower room
a room with several showers
saleroom, salesroom, showroom
an area where merchandise (such as cars) can be displayed
sick berth, sickbay
(nautical) a room for the treatment of the sick or injured (as on a ship)
sickroom
a room to which a sick person is confined
smoking room
room in a hotel or club set apart for smokers
squad room
a room in a barracks where soldiers are billeted
squad room
a room in a police station where members of the force assemble for roll call and duty assignments
stacks
storage space in a library consisting of an extensive arrangement of bookshelves where most of the books are stored
steam bath, steam room, vapor bath, vapour bath
a room that can be filled with steam in which people bathe; `vapour bath' is a British term
storage room, storeroom, stowage
a room in which things are stored
study
a room used for reading and writing and studying
solarium, sun lounge, sun parlor, sun parlour, sun porch, sunporch, sunroom
a room enclosed largely with glass and affording exposure to the sun
solar trap, suntrap
a terrace or garden oriented to take advantage of the sun while protected from cold winds
surgery
a room where a doctor or dentist can be consulted
television room, tv room
a room set aside for viewing television
test room, testing room
a room in which tests are conducted
bathroom, can, john, lav, lavatory, privy, toilet
a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
torture chamber
a room in which torture is inflicted
sacristy, vestry
a room in a church where sacred vessels and vestments are kept or meetings are held
vivarium
an indoor enclosure for keeping and raising living animals and plants and observing them under natural conditions
walk-in
a small room large enough to admit entrance
war room
a room where strategic decisions are made (especially for military or political campaigns)
workroom
room where work is done
yard
an enclosure for animals (as chicken or livestock)
Type of:
construction, structure
a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

n a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve

Synonyms:
region
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erogenous zone
any area of the body especially sensitive to sexual stimulation
pressure point
an area on the skin that is highly sensitive to pressure
hypochondrium
the upper region of the abdomen just below the lowest ribs on either side of the epigastrium
area of cardiac dullness
a triangular area of the front of the chest (determined by percussion); corresponds to the part of the heart not covered by the lungs
epigastrium
the region lying on or over the stomach (just below the sternum)
fovea, fovea centralis
area consisting of a small depression in the retina containing cones and where vision is most acute
parafovea
area of the retina immediately surrounding the fovea
macula, macula lutea, macular area, yellow spot
a small yellowish central area of the retina that is rich in cones and that mediates clear detailed vision
cortical area, cortical region
any of various regions of the cerebral cortex
perineum
the general region between the anus and the genital organs
side
either the left or right half of a body
cleavage
the line formed by a groove between two parts (especially the separation between a woman's breasts)
areola, ring of color
small circular area such as that around the human nipple or an inflamed area around a pimple or insect bite
middle, midriff, midsection
the middle area of the human torso (usually in front)
waist, waistline
the narrowing of the body between the ribs and hips
loins, pubes, pubic region
the lower part of the abdomen just above the external genital organs
palm, thenar
the inner surface of the hand from the wrist to the base of the fingers
thenar
the fleshy area of the palm at the base of the thumb
sole
the underside of the foot
half-moon, lunula, lunule
the crescent-shaped area at the base of the human fingernail
groin, inguen
the crease at the junction of the inner part of the thigh with the trunk together with the adjacent region and often including the external genitals
quick
any area of the body that is highly sensitive to pain (as the flesh underneath the skin or a fingernail or toenail)
association area, association cortex
cortical areas that are neither motor or sensory but are thought to be involved in higher processing of information
auditory area, auditory cortex
the cortical area that receives auditory information from the medial geniculate body
Brodmann's area
one of the cortical areas mapped out on the basis of its cytoarchitecture
language area, language zone
a large cortical area (in the left hemisphere in most people) containing all the centers associated with language
Rolando's area, excitable area, motor area, motor cortex, motor region
the cortical area that influences motor movements
sensorium
the areas of the brain that process and register incoming sensory information and make possible the conscious awareness of the world
sensorimotor area, sensorimotor region
an area of the cortex including the precentral gyrus and the postcentral gyrus and combining sensory and motor functions
visual area, visual cortex
the cortical area that receives information from the lateral geniculate body of the thalamus
Brodmann's area 17, area 17 of Brodmann, first visual area, striate area, striate cortex
the part of the occipital cortex that receives the fibers of the optic radiation from the lateral geniculate body and is the primary receptive area for vision
wasp waist
a very slender waist
Type of:
body part
any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity

n a particular environment or walk of life

“it was a closed area of employment”
Synonyms:
arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere
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distaff
the sphere of work by women
front
a sphere of activity involving effort
kingdom, land, realm
a domain in which something is dominant
lap
an area of control or responsibility
political arena, political sphere
a sphere of intense political activity
preserve
a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone
province, responsibility
the proper sphere or extent of your activities
lotus land, lotusland
an idyllic realm of contentment and self-indulgence
lap of the gods
beyond human control or responsibility
ecclesiastical province
the district within the jurisdiction of an archbishop or a metropolitan or one of the territorial divisions of an ecclesiastical order
Type of:
environment
the totality of surrounding conditions

n a subject of study

“it was his area of specialization”
areas of interest include...”
Types:
gray area, grey area
an intermediate area; a topic that is not clearly one thing or the other
territory
an area of knowledge or interest
Type of:
issue, matter, subject, topic
some situation or event that is thought about
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