Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
To calculate the area of a rectangle, multiply the length by the width. The area of this rectangle is 50 square feet.
1. A roughly bounded part of the space on a surface; a region: a farming area; the New York area.
2. A surface, especially an open, unoccupied piece of ground: a landing area; a playing area.
3. A distinct part or section, as of a building, set aside for a specific function: a storage area in the basement.
4. A division of experience, activity, or knowledge; a field: studies in the area of finance; a job in the health-care area.
5. An open, sunken space next to a building; an areaway.
6. Abbr. A The extent of a planar region or of the surface of a solid measured in square units.
[Latin ārea, open space; possibly akin to ārēre, to be dry; see arid.]
from an areal point of view