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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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The areal densities in the cases shown in Table 1 approach 5Gb/sq.
But even if and when magnetic media (particularly disk engineers) do hit the areal density wall, tape engineers will still have many generations of capacity improvements to come, due to the 800:1 ratio in areal density that currently exists between disk and tape design.
Hitachi's new areal density demonstration is not only a testament to the resilience of the 50-year-old technology, but it's also a glimpse into the hard drive crystal ball.
Magnetic recording for both tapes and disk encountered few real limits in the 1990s as witnessed by a 60-plus percent compounded annual areal density growth rate.
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By increasing the areal density--or the amount of information that can be placed within a given area on a disc drive--technologists in fact have been able to deliver densities in excess of 100 percent annually over the course of the last several years.
The Deskstar products announced today advance areal densities and include a number of advanced features that provide customers the competitive advantage they need to build innovative and high performance systems," said Jose Antelo, vice president and general manager, Business Management, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
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Striving to provide more capacity per dollar, disk drive manufacturers have invested heavily in increasing the areal density of their disks, with remarkable results.
Based upon the above test results, the Company believes that the Ogai Lower Cretaceous oil pool is approximately three to four times the areal extent of its Morskoe pool, and plans to drill approximately 10 wells to define and exploit this reservoir.
5-inch drives for many applications, due to continually increasing areal recording density and the potential for improved access density.
Increasing areal density of newer magnetic hard disk drives requires a more robust error correction code (ECC), and this can be more efficiently applied to 4096 byte sector lengths," explained Dr.