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
  1. noun
    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
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    extent
    the distance or area or volume over which something extends
  2. noun
    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
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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
  3. noun
    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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    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
    median
    a paved or landscaped dividing area between opposing lanes of travel on a highway
    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
    an outer room or waiting area that leads into another room
    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 buildings (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)
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    construction, structure
    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
  4. noun
    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
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    body part
    any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
  5. noun
    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
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    environment
    the totality of surrounding conditions
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    a subject of study
    “it was his area of specialization”
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    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
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    issue, matter, subject, topic
    some situation or event that is thought about
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