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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.
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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.
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(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.
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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.
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a grey area

COMMON If you call something a grey area, you mean that it is unclear. Note: `Grey' is usually spelled `gray' in American English. There are many grey areas in the law affecting stolen animals. Tabloid papers paint all sportsmen as heroes or villains. There is no grey area in between.
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a grey area

an ill-defined situation or field not readily conforming to a category or to an existing set of rules.
In the 1960s, grey areas in British planning vocabulary referred to places that were not in as desperate a state as slums but which were in decline and in need of rebuilding.
2001 Rough Guide to Travel Health In theory, it should be a cinch to diagnose appendicitis, but in practice it's much more of a grey area.
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a no-go area

an area which is dangerous or impossible to enter or to which entry is restricted or forbidden.
As a noun, no-go was first used in the late 19th century in the sense of ‘an impracticable situation’. Its use in this phrase, with the sense of ‘no entry’, is particularly associated with Northern Ireland in the 1970s.
1971 Guardian For journalists and others, the Bogside and Creggan estates are ‘no-go areas’, with the IRA in total effective control.
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a diˈsaster area


1 (informal) a place or situation that has a lot of problems, is a failure, or is badly organized: The room was a disaster area (= very untidy), with stuff piled everywhere and nowhere to sit.The current system of taxation is a disaster area.
2 a place where a disaster has happened and which needs special help: After the floods, the whole region was declared a disaster area.
See also: area, disaster

a ˌgrey ˈarea

an area of a subject or situation that is not clear or does not fit into a particular group and is therefore difficult to define or deal with: The question of police evidence in cases like this is a grey area. We will need to consult our lawyers about it.
See also: area, grey

a ˌno-ˈgo area

(especially British English) an area, especially in a city, which is dangerous for people to enter, or that the police or army do not enter, often because it is controlled by a violent group: Several parts of the city have become no-go areas for the police. ♢ (figurative) This subject is a definite no-go area (= we must not discuss it).
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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.