Dry area. See under Dry.

(A*read", A*reed") v. t. [OE. areden, AS. ar&aemacrdan to interpret. See Read.]

1. To tell, declare, explain, or interpret; to divine; to guess; as, to aread a riddle or a dream. [Obs.]

Therefore more plain aread this doubtful case.

2. To read. [Obs.] Drayton.

3. To counsel, advise, warn, or direct.

But mark what I aread thee now. Avaunt!

4. To decree; to adjudge. [Archaic] Ld. Lytton.

(A"re*al) a. [Cf. L. arealis, fr. area.] Of or pertaining to an area; as, areal interstices (the areas or spaces inclosed by the reticulate vessels of leaves).

(A*rear") v. t. & i. [AS. ar&aemacrran. See Rear.] To raise; to set up; to stir up. [Obs.]

(A*rear"), adv. [See Arrear, adv.] Backward; in or to the rear; behindhand. Spenser.

(||A*re"ca) n. [Canarese adiki: cf. Pg. & Sp. areca.] (Bot.) A genus of palms, one species of which produces the areca nut, or betel nut, which is chewed in India with the leaf of the Piper Betle and lime.

Are to Argue

(Are) [AS. (Northumbrian) aron, akin to the 1st pers. pl. forms, Icel. erum, Goth. sijum, L. sumus, Gr. Skr. smas; all from a root as. See Am and Is, and cf. Be.] The present indicative plural of the substantive verb to be; but etymologically a different word from be, or was. Am, art, are, and is, all come from the root as.

(Are) n. [F., fr. L. area. See Area.] (Metric system) The unit of superficial measure, being a square of which each side is ten meters in length; 100 square meters, or about 119.6 square yards.

(A"re*a) n.; pl. Areas (-az) . [L. area a broad piece of level ground. Cf. Are, n.]

1. Any plane surface, as of the floor of a room or church, or of the ground within an inclosure; an open space in a building.

The Alban lake . . . looks like the area of some vast amphitheater.

2. The inclosed space on which a building stands.

3. The sunken space or court, giving ingress and affording light to the basement of a building.

4. An extent of surface; a tract of the earth's surface; a region; as, vast uncultivated areas.

5. (Geom.) The superficial contents of any figure; the surface included within any given lines; superficial extent; as, the area of a square or a triangle.

6. (Biol.) A spot or small marked space; as, the germinative area.

7. Extent; scope; range; as, a wide area of thought.

The largest area of human history and man's common nature.
F. Harrison.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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