AREA, a Latin word, originally meaning a threshing-floor,
namely a raised space in a field exposed on all sides to the
wind; now applied in English (1) to a plot of ground on which a
structure is to be erected, (2) to the court or sunk space in the
front or rear of a building, (3) to the superficial space covered
by a district, country, &c., or by a building or court.
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