AskDefine | Define area

Dictionary Definition



1 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"; "Bible country" [syn: country]
2 a particular environment or walk of life; "his social sphere is limited"; "it was a closed area of employment"; "he's out of my orbit" [syn: sphere, domain, orbit, field, arena]
3 a subject of study; "it was his area of specialization"; "areas of interest include..."
4 a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function; "the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants"
5 a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve; "in the abdominal region" [syn: region]
6 the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary; "the area of a rectangle"; "it was about 500 square feet in area" [syn: expanse, surface area]

User Contributed Dictionary




From area.


  1. A measure of squared distance.
  2. A particular geographic region.
  3. Any particular extent of surface.
    The photo is a little dark in that area.
  4. Figuratively, any extent, scope or range of an object or concept.
    The plans are a bit vague in that area.
    My guts are a bit sore in that area.

Derived terms


measure of squared distance
  • Czech: plocha
  • Japanese: 面積
  • Swedish: area
particular geographic region
  • Czech: oblast
  • Japanese: 領域
  • Swedish: område




  1. open space
  2. a threshing floor




  1. area; a measure of squared distance.

Extensive Definition

Area is a quantity expressing the two-dimensional size of a defined part of a surface, typically a region bounded by a closed curve. The term surface area refers to the total area of the exposed surface of a 3-dimensional solid, such as the sum of the areas of the exposed sides of a polyhedron.


Units for measuring surface area include:
square metre (m²) = SI derived unit
are (a) = 100 square metres (m²)
hectare (ha) = 10,000 square metres (m²)
square kilometre (km²) = 1,000,000 square metres (m²)
square megametre (Mm²) = 1012 square metres
square foot = 144 square inches = 0.09290304 square metres (m²)
square yard = 9 square feet = 0.83612736 square metres (m²)
square perch = 30.25 square yards = 25.2928526 square metres (m²)
acre = 160 square perches or 4,840 square yards or 43,560 square feet = 4046.8564224 square metres (m²)
square mile = 640 acres = 2.5899881103 square kilometres (km²)

Useful formulas

All of the above calculations show how to find the area of many shapes.
area in Afrikaans: Oppervlak
area in Tosk Albanian: Fläche
area in Arabic: مساحة
area in Official Aramaic (700-300 BCE): ܫܛܝܚܘܬܐ
area in Min Nan: Biān-chek
area in Belarusian: Плошча
area in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Плошча
area in Bulgarian: Площ
area in Catalan: Àrea
area in Czech: Obsah
area in Welsh: Arwynebedd
area in Danish: Areal
area in German: Flächeninhalt
area in Estonian: Pindala
area in Modern Greek (1453-): Έκταση
area in Spanish: Área (geometría)
area in Esperanto: Areo
area in Basque: Azalera
area in Persian: مساحت
area in Faroese: Vídd
area in French: Superficie
area in Scottish Gaelic: Farsaingeachd
area in Korean: 넓이
area in Croatian: Površina
area in Ido: Areo
area in Iloko: Kalawa
area in Indonesian: Luas
area in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Superficie
area in Icelandic: Flatarmál
area in Italian: Area
area in Hebrew: שטח
area in Georgian: ფართობი
area in Latvian: Platība
area in Luxembourgish: Fläch
area in Lithuanian: Plotas
area in Limburgan: Oppervlak
area in Lingala: Etando
area in Hungarian: Terület
area in Macedonian: Плоштина
area in Malagasy: Velarantany
area in Malayalam: വിസ്തീര്‍ണ്ണം
area in Malay (macrolanguage): Keluasan
area in Dutch: Oppervlakte
area in Japanese: 面積
area in Norwegian: Areal
area in Norwegian Nynorsk: Flatevidd
area in Occitan (post 1500): Superfícia
area in Low German: Flach
area in Polish: Powierzchnia
area in Portuguese: Área
area in Romanian: Suprafaţă
area in Quechua: Hallka k'iti k'anchar
area in Russian: Площадь
area in Scots: Area
area in Simple English: Area
area in Slovenian: Površina
area in Finnish: Pinta-ala
area in Swedish: Ytmått
area in Tagalog: Lawak
area in Tamil: பரப்பளவு
area in Thai: พื้นที่
area in Vietnamese: Diện tích
area in Turkish: Alan
area in Ukrainian: Площа
area in Yiddish: שטח
area in Contenese: 面積
area in Chinese: 面积

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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