The paper, canvas or other surface with which one may work provides area, and the development of areas within proceed with color, tone, or wash of paint, inks, graphite, or chalks that are applied so as to suggest the shape, idea, plane, form, object, quality, boundaries, direction, space . . . .
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Area n [L, open space, threshing floor; perh. akin to L arére to be dry -more at Arid]  1: a level piece of ground 2: the surface included within a set of lines; specif: the number of unit squares equal in measure to the surface -see Metric System table, Weight table 3: the scope of a concept, operation, or activity: Field [the whole -- of foreign policy] 4: Areaway [went down the steps into the __ of a house -James Joyce] 5: a particular extent of space or surface or one serving a special function: as a: a part of the surface of the body b: a geographic region 6: a part of the cerebral cortex having a particular function
[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]
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