A roughly bounded part of the space on a surface; a region: a farming area; the New York area. A surface, especially an open, unoccupied piece of ground: a landing area; a playing area. A distinct part or section, as of a building, set aside for a specific function: a storage area in the basement. A division of experience, activity, or knowledge; a field: studies in the area of finance; a job in the health-care area. An open, sunken space next to a building; an areaway. The extent of a planar region or of the surface of a solid measured in square units. Computer Science A section of storage set aside for a particular purpose.