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. 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