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area US English

A region or part of a town, a country, or the world

area US Thesaurus

an inner-city area

area code US English

A three-digit number that identifies one of the telephone service regions into which the US, Canada, and certain other countries are divided and that is dialed when calling from one area to another

area dean US English

See dean111.

area rug US English

A rug that covers only a part of a floor in a room

Bay Area US English

The region around San Francisco Bay, in north central California. Oakland is the hub of the East Bay, San Jose of the South Bay

euro area US English

The member states of the European Union whose currency is the euro

goal area US English

A rectangular area in front of the goal from within which goal kicks must be taken

gray area US English

An ill-defined situation or field not readily conforming to a category or to an existing set of rules

no-go area US English

An area that is dangerous or impossible to enter or to which entry is restricted or forbidden

rest area US English

A roadside area with restrooms and other facilities for the use of motorists

safe area US English

An area not liable to attack, especially one designated as such by the United Nations

Broca's area US English

A region of the brain concerned with the production of speech, located in the cortex of the dominant frontal lobe. Damage in this area causes Broca’s aphasia, characterized by hesitant and fragmented speech with little grammatical structure

danger area US English

An area in which there is a high risk of harm

dollar area US English

The area of the world in which currency is linked to the US dollar

floor area US English

The extent or measurement of the floor in a room or building

growth area US English

A commercial field that is experiencing an increase in economic activity

in-goal area US English

The area between the goal line and the dead-ball line

island area US English

Each of three administrative areas in Scotland (Orkney, Shetland, Western Isles), consisting of groups of islands

motor area US English

A part of the central nervous system concerned with muscular action, especially the motor cortex

assisted area US English

(In the UK) a region receiving government grants or loans for industrial development

disaster area US English

An area in which a major disaster has recently occurred

language area US English

The area of the cerebral cortex thought to be particularly involved in the processing of language

penalty area US English

The rectangular area marked out in front of each goal, within which a foul by a defender involves the award of a penalty kick and outside which the goalkeeper is not allowed to handle the ball

service area US English

A roadside area where services are available to motorists

staging area US English

A stopping place or assembly point en route to a destination

sterling area US English

A group of countries, most belonging to the Commonwealth of Nations, that formerly pegged their exchange rates to sterling or kept their reserves in sterling rather than gold or dollars. Also called sterling bloc

catchment area US English

The area from which rainfall flows into a river, lake, or reservoir

distressed area US English

A region of high unemployment and poverty

out-of-area US English

(Of a military operation) conducted away from the place of origin or expected place of action of the force concerned

protected area US English

A rectangle in the centre of the pitch on which a bowler may not run after delivering the ball

technical area US English

A designated area around a team’s dugout, from where a coach or manager may give instructions to players on the field

Wernicke's area US English

A region of the brain concerned with the comprehension of language, located in the cortex of the dominant temporal lobe. Damage in this area causes Wernicke’s aphasia, characterized by superficially fluent, grammatical speech but an inability to use or understand more than the most basic nouns and verbs

association area US English

A region of the cortex of the brain that connects sensory and motor areas, and that is thought to be concerned with higher mental activities

conservation area US English

An area of notable environmental or historical interest or importance which is protected by law against undesirable changes

development area US English

(In the UK) an area in which government assistance is available to encourage business investment, in order to counteract unemployment

local area network US English

A computer network that links devices within a building or group of adjacent buildings

wide area network US English

A computer network in which the computers connected may be far apart, generally having a radius of half a mile or more

special development area US English

(In the UK) a district for which special economic provision is made in legislation

Environmentally Sensitive Area US English

(In the UK) an area officially designated as containing landscapes or wildlife that would be threatened by unrestricted development

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty US English

(In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland) an area of countryside designated by a government agency as having natural features of exceptional beauty and therefore given a protected status

special area in special development area US English

(In the UK) a district for which special economic provision is made in legislation

speech center US English

A region of the brain involved in the comprehension or production of speech

speech area in speech center US English

A region of the brain involved in the comprehension or production of speech

surface area in surface US English

The area of such an outer part or uppermost layer


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