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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.]

ar′e·al adj.
ar′e·al·ly adv.


from an areal point of view
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It was areally good season, especially as it was my first season here,' said Leitao.
Rather, the European languages, with few exceptions (such as English) have participated in what must have been an areally conditioned renewal of the semantics of the middle voice by means of reflexive morphology.
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Such a specification is not only desirable for the clear explanation of this particular phase in the history of Sanskrit and in the development and spread of an important trait of the South Asian Sprachbund, but also is valuable as one of the clearest, most fully documented, and most internally complex cases known to us of what appears as areally induced phonological diffusion.
I had areally good experience at the unit, but the midwives were so busy.
Since we want to make at least a weak statistical statement, we have moreover aimed to balance the sample genetically and areally, as far as this was possible.
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