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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Area \A"re*a\ ([=a]"r[-e]*[.a]; 277), n.; pl. Areas (-[.a]z) . [L. area a broad piece of level ground. Cf. Are, n.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] The Alban lake . . . looks like the area of some vast amphitheater. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. The inclosed space on which a building stands. [1913 Webster] 3. The sunken space or court, giving ingress and affording light to the basement of a building. [1913 Webster] 4. An extent of surface; a tract of the earth's surface; a region; as, vast uncultivated areas. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 6. (Biol.) A spot or small marked space; as, the germinative area. [1913 Webster] 7. Extent; scope; range; as, a wide area of thought. [1913 Webster] The largest area of human history and man's common nature. --F. Harrison. [1913 Webster] Dry area. See under Dry. [1913 Webster] Aread