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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AREA

The direction of the wind is from the area of high barometer to that of low.

Take two aeroplanes of marked difference in area of surface.

In April, 2151, I set up my laboratory on the edge of the area of death.

It was well away from the area where the men had fought the flames.

But Balbus expressly said that the walk "used up the whole of the area."

He has used man's highways and cars by means of which to expand his area.

Yes, and arranged to cover all the area of sky through which Kress is likely to climb.

Much larger in area, it has not one-fifth of the population of France.

The area enclosed by them, we will assume, is the city of New York.

The area of the land is usually estimated and only rarely is it surveyed.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, "vacant piece of ground," from Latin area "level ground, open space," used of building sites, playgrounds, threshing floors, etc.; of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to arere "to become dry," on notion of a burned clearing or dry, bare space. The generic sense of "amount of surface (whether open or not) contained within any set of limits" is from 1845. Area code in North American telephone systems is attested from 1959.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR AREA

bailiwick

noundomain

bed

nounpatch of ground for planting

belt

nounstrip of land with characteristic feature
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