Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large, usually continuous segment of a surface or space; area.
  • n. A large, indefinite portion of the earth's surface.
  • n. A specified district or territory.
  • n. An area of interest or activity; a sphere.
  • n. Ecology A part of the earth characterized by distinctive animal or plant life.
  • n. An area of the body having natural or arbitrarily assigned boundaries: the abdominal region.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any considerable and connected part of a space or surface; specifically, a tract of land or sea of considerable but indefinite extent; a country; a district; in a broad sense, a place without special reference to location or extent but viewed as an entity for geographical, social or cultural reasons.
  • n. An administrative subdivision of a city, a territory, a country or the European Union.
  • n. Such a division of the city of Rome and of the territory about Rome, of which the number varied at different times; a district, quarter, or ward.
  • n. The inhabitants of a region or district of a country.
  • n. A place in or a part of the body in any way indicated.
  • n. Place; rank; station; dignity.
  • n. The space from the earth's surface out to the orbit of the moon: properly called the elemental region.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the grand districts or quarters into which any space or surface, as of the earth or the heavens, is conceived of as divided; hence, in general, a portion of space or territory of indefinite extent; country; province; district; tract.
  • n. Tract, part, or space, lying about and including anything; neighborhood; vicinity; sphere.
  • n. The upper air; the sky; the heavens.
  • n. The inhabitants of a district.
  • n. Place; rank; station.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any considerable and connected part of a space or surface; specifically, a tract of land or sea of considerable but indefinite extent; a country; a district; in a broad sense, place without special reference to location or extent: as, the equatorial regions; the temperate regions; the polar regions; the upper regions of the atmosphere.
  • n. An administrative division of a city or territory; specifically, such a division of the city of Rome and of the territory about Rome, of which the number varied at different times; a district, quarter, or ward (modern rione).
  • n. Figuratively, the inhabitants of a region or district of country.
  • n. In anatomy, a place in or a part of the body in any way indicated: as, the abdominal regions.
  • n. Place; rank; station; dignity.
  • n. Specifically, the space from the earth's surface out to the orbit of the moon: properly called the elemental region.
  • n. In zoögeog., a large faunal area variously limited by different authors.
  • n. Of the thorax, same as inframammary region.
  • n. Synonyms Quarter, locality, clime, territory.
  • n. In the plan of excavations at Pompeii, one of the primary divisions introduced by Fiorelli about 1860. The arrangement is based on a misconception but has nevertheless been retained. Each region contains several blocks or insulæ.
  • n. In phytogeography: A mountain belt marked by peculiar floral types; an altitudinal zone. Thus used by Humboldt, who for the equatorial district of the Andes distinguished nine such regions. Schimper also prefers this term to zone in treating of mountain belts. He distinguishes, on purely œcological grounds, basal, montane, and alpine mountain regions.
  • n. A comprehensive territorial unit with sufficient uniformity of conditions to secure uniformity in vegetation. A region will include several formations and will itself be included in some larger unit, as a realm.
  • n. For a special use, see life zone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve
  • n. a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth
  • n. the extended spatial location of something
  • n. the approximate amount of something (usually used prepositionally as in `in the region of')
  • n. a knowledge domain that you are interested in or are communicating about

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin regiō, regiōn-, from regere, to rule; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman regiun, from Latin regio, regionem, from regere. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For example, Japan has a very high population density and like many countries in the region is in the track of typhoons• However, Japan suffers very low mortality rates during typhoons in comparison to other countries of the region• Financial resources to implement measures for disaster preparedness make a big difference, but this is not the sole or principal factor•

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  • The term region has a broad meaning not only within social sciences, but also within the historical tradition of different Member States MS of the EU.

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  • Total population of the region is about 500,000, with the Shia-majority city of Parachinar home to 55,000.

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  • This region is a terrific area for visiting with its warm weather, sandy beaches, and historic archaeological sites; it may be a different matter when it comes to retirement.

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  • Flooding in the region is also predicted to increase by 40 percent in the next couple of decades.

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  • But: the region is absolutely gorgeous with its mind blowing mountain scapes, dramatic Fall foilage, streams, rivers and lakes and ALL of the aforementioned also makes up The Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Park.

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  • In House races, the region is a top battleground with Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania accounting for $20 million in general-election spending already this cycle.

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  • A new report says the region is among 15 nationwide with the largest number of bad-air days.

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  • Roed-Larsen, a veteran of Middle East crises, said after the closed door meeting that the region is at a critical juncture.

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  • And, they would like to intensify their cooperation and the integration in trade and investment and development and various other areas to make sure that this region is a region of growth and stability and progress, he said.

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