What is the difference between area and island?

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As nouns the difference between area and island

is that area is (mathematics) a measure of the extent of a surface; it is measured in square units while island is a contiguous area of land, smaller than a continent, totally surrounded by water.

As a verb island is

to surround with water; make into an island.

area

English

Noun

(wikipedia area)
  • (mathematics) A measure of the extent of a surface; it is measured in square units.
  • A particular geographic region.
  • Any particular extent of surface, especially an empty or unused extent.
  • Figuratively, any extent, scope or range of an object or concept.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=September-October, author= Rob Dorit
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= Making Life from Scratch , passage=Today, a new area of research that similarly aims to mimic a complex biological phenomenon—life itself—is taking off. Synthetic biology, a seductive experimental subfield in the life sciences, seems tantalizingly to promise custom-designed life created in the laboratory.}}
  • (British) An open space, below ground level, between the front of a house and the pavement.
  • (Charles Dickens)
  • (soccer) Penalty box; penalty area.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2010, date=December 29, author=Mark Vesty, work=BBC
  • , title= Wigan 2-2 Arsenal , passage=Bendtner's goal-bound shot was well saved by goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi but fell to Arsahvin on the edge of the area and the Russian swivelled, shaped his body and angled a sumptuous volley into the corner.}}
  • (slang) Genitals.
  • Derived terms

    * * area code * area-denial * area of influence * area rug * area rule * Broca's area * combined statistical area * common area * danger area * disaster area * equal-area * free trade area * geographical area * goal area * gray area * grey area * lateral area * metropolitan area * metropolitan area network * notification area * outside gross area * penalty area * Planck area * prohibited area * protected area * rest area * restricted area * Ruhr Area * Schengen Area * safe area * second moment of area * service area * specific leaf area * staging area * surface area * terminal control area * Terminal High Altitude Area Defense * ventral tegmental area * Wernicke's area

    See also

    * Imperial: square inches, square feet, square yards, square miles, acres * Metric: square meters/square metres, square centimeters/square centimetres, square kilometers/square kilometres, hectares

    Anagrams

    * 1000 English basic words ----

    island

    English

    Alternative forms

    * (l) (nonstandard) * (l), (l), (l) (obsolete)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A contiguous area of land, smaller than a continent, totally surrounded by water.
  • * 2002 , Gordon L. Rottman, World War 2 Pacific island guide
  • Sumatra is the second largest island in the East Indies and the fourth largest in the world covering 182,859 square miles.
  • An entity surrounded by other entities that are very different from itself.
  • an island of tranquility (a calm place surrounded by a noisy environment)
    an island of colour on a butterfly's wing
  • * 1939 , Deseret News, October 27 1939, Roosevelt Reaffirms American Neutrality
  • King Leopold, speaking in fluent English during his six minute broadcast, said Belgium stood side by side with Holland "an Island of peace in the interests of all"
  • A superstructure on an aircraft carrier's deck.
  • (chiefly, UK) A traffic island.
  • the island in the middle of a roundabout

    Synonyms

    * (land surrounded by water) (l), (l) * (an entity surrounded by other very different entities) oasis

    Derived terms

    * coney island * desert island * floating island * heat island * high island * interisland * islander * island dispenser * island display * island-hop * island position * island state * island universe * islandwide * islandy * low island * no man is an island * safety island * security island * the Island * sea-island * tidal island

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To surround with water; make into an island
  • * 1933 , Harriet Monroe, Poetry: Volume 42
  • We paused at little river cities along the way and walked upon their bushy dikes, and heard tales of overflows in flood seasons, when four feet or more of water islanded the houses.
  • To set, dot (as if) with islands
  • To isolate
  • * , (A Shropshire Lad), XXVII, lines 1-2
  • ''High the vanes of (Shrewsbury) gleam
    Islanded in Severn stream''.

    Synonyms

    * (l)

    See also

    * archipelago * atoll * cay, key * continent * peninsula

    Statistics

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