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English noun: area

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

SamplesIt was a mountainous area.
Bible country.


Broader (hypernym)region

Narrower (hyponym)anchorage, anchorage ground, arena, bed ground, bed-ground, bedground, block, broadcast area, center, centre, city block, clear, corner, corner, danger, disaster area, eye, fireside, free port, free zone, hangout, haunt, heart, hearth, high country, hunting ground, middle, neighborhood, no man's land, no-go area, open, playground, quadrant, quadrant, rain shadow, refuge, repair, resort, resort area, retreat, safety, scene, section, shrubbery, space, staging area, stamping ground, tank farm, vacation spot, winner's circle

Instance hyponymBermuda Triangle

2. area (cognition) a subject of study

SamplesIt was his area of specialization.
Areas of interest include....

Broader (hypernym)issue, matter, subject, topic

Narrower (hyponym)gray area, grey area, territory

3. area (body) a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve

SamplesIn the abdominal region.


Broader (hypernym)body part

Narrower (hyponym)area of cardiac dullness, areola, cleavage, cortical area, cortical region, epigastrium, erogenous zone, fovea, fovea centralis, groin, half-moon, hypochondrium, inguen, loins, lunula, lunule, macula, macula lutea, macular area, middle, midriff, midsection, palm, parafovea, perineum, pressure point, pubes, pubic region, quick, ring of color, side, sole, thenar, thenar, waist, waistline, yellow spot

4. area (state) a particular environment or walk of life

SamplesHis social sphere is limited.
It was a closed area of employment.
He's out of my orbit.

Synonymsarena, domain, field, orbit, sphere

Broader (hypernym)environment

Narrower (hyponym)distaff, front, kingdom, land, lap, political arena, political sphere, preserve, province, realm, responsibility

5. area (artifact) a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function

SamplesThe spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants.

Broader (hypernym)construction, structure

Narrower (hyponym)aisle, auditorium, baggage claim, bema, box, breakfast area, breakfast nook, bullpen, chancel, choir, corner, court, courtyard, dead-air space, dining area, enclosure, family circle, goalmouth, hideaway, lay-by, layby, nave, nook, orchestra pit, panopticon, patio, peanut gallery, pit, pit, pit, press gallery, pull-off, quad, quadrangle, rest area, rest stop, retreat, room, sanctuary, second balcony, storage space, terrace, threshing floor, turnaround, upper balcony

6. area (attribute) the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary

SamplesThe area of a rectangle.
It was about 500 square feet in area.

Synonymsexpanse, surface area

Broader (hypernym)extent

Narrower (hyponym)acreage, balk, baulk, blank space, erasure, footprint, land area, place, plane section, section, space, space

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