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area of influence

A realm, domain, or field over which a person, group, or business has direct control, influence, or clout. It refers to a military term for the geographical area in which a commander has direct military influence. As a literature professor, my primary obligation is to my classes; as head of this department, though, my area of influence extends to all students studying English.
See also: area, influence, of

kiss and cry area

An area in an ice skating rink where figure skaters rest while awaiting their results after a competitive performance. So named because competitors typically celebrate or commiserate (depending on their performance) with coaches, friends, or family in this location. After a terrific performance, Katy is heading to the kiss and cry area to wait with her coach while the judges tally their marks.
See also: and, area, cry, kiss

disaster area

1. A location where a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, flood, or storm, occurred. An area designated as such is often the recipient of government aid. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the president declared New Orleans a disaster area and allotted federal funding for the rescue and cleanup efforts.
2. A messy or unclean space. After only a few weeks of living on his own, Adam's apartment looked like a disaster area because he never bothered to clean up after himself.
3. A situation, idea, or plan that is poorly planned or organized. The new economic plan that the senator proposed sounded like a complete disaster area.
See also: area, disaster

grey area

A concept or topic that is not clearly defined or that exists somewhere between two extreme positions. Primarily heard in Australia. There's a large grey area regarding whether the use of the new surveillance technology is lawful.
See also: area, grey

(a) gray area

Fig. an area of a subject or question that is difficult to put into a particular category because it is not clearly defined and may have connections or associations with more than one category. The responsibility for social studies in the college is a gray area. Several departments are involved. Publicity is a gray area in that firm. It is shared between the marketing and design divisions.
See also: area, gray

a disaster area

1. if a place is a disaster area, it is very untidy
Usage notes: A disaster area is also a place where an event like a storm or a flood causes serious damage and the government gives help for the emergency.
The kitchen was a disaster area, with greasy plates piled high in the sink.
2. if a subject, a piece of work, or an organization is a disaster area, it causes many problems, often because it is badly organized Government housing policy is a complete disaster area.
See also: area, disaster

a grey area

  (British & Australian) also a gray area (American)
a subject or problem that people do not know how to deal with because there are no clear rules The legal difference between negligence and recklessness is a bit of a grey area.
See also: area, grey

gray area

Indeterminate territory, undefined position, neither here nor there. For example, There's a large gray area between what is legal and what is not. This term, which uses gray in the sense of "neither black nor white" (or halfway between the two), dates only from the mid-1900s.
See also: area, gray
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While dasymetric mapping has been a well established cartographic technique for many years, in recent years it has gained interest as an approach to estimate populations for small areas, and to improve upon the assumptions made in areal weighting (Eicher and Brewer 2001).
Although areal interpolation procedures are used to solve both scenarios, solving the nested hierarchy problem can be viewed as a process of disaggregation due to the target zones being defined at a larger scale than the source zones.
A simple method of areal interpolation is to weight the variable's values by a ratio derived from the relative areal measurements of the two types of zones (source and target) (Goodchild and Lam 1980).
The most basic method for areal interpolation is areal weighting, in which a homogeneous distribution of the data throughout each source zone is assumed.
The following literature focuses on areal interpolation methods that do not make use of ancillary data.
This year, hard drive areal densities are estimated to reach 780Gbits per square inch per platter, and then rise to 900Gbits per square inch next year.
To minimize the MAUP problem, numerous areal interpolation techniques have been developed, which may be classified into non-volume and volume preserving categories (Lam 1983).
In the left image we have 29 areal objects and in the right image 31 areal objects.
Companies implementing patterned media early can take strategic advantage of its enormous areal density potential," according to storage analyst Tom Coughlin of Coughlin Associates.
Using perpendicular recording, scientists believe that the effects of superparamagnetism can be further forestalled, which would create opportunities for continued robust growth in areal density at a rate of about 40 percent each year.
There follow sections on other Nilgiri languages and cultures (six articles), on Nilgiri areal studies (four articles), and seven reviews.
Nasdaq: VECO) announced today it has been selected by leading global hard disk drive manufacturers for critical technology that enables higher areal density for next generation thin film magnetic heads.
For the 2017-2022 CUS, the AREAL wished to propose to all Alsatian agencies, the possibility of assistance in project management.
Termed areal interpolation, numerous methods of estimating the population of fragmented areas have been developed.
Nijmegen, Netherlands) compiles six articles examining cases in areal linguistics.