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Usage statistics for the noun region:

conversational speech2.79%task-oriented speech97.21%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun region:


The word region and its family (regional, regionally, regions) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun region

What does region mean as a name of something?

Region is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: regions

  1. the extended spatial location of something
    • examples: the farming regions of France | regions of outer space
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of region: part
    • more generic word: location = a point or extent in space
    • more specific terms:
      • atmosphere / air = the mass of air surrounding the Earth
      • biosphere = the regions of the surface and atmosphere of the Earth (or other planet) where living organisms exist
      • depths = the deepest and most remote part
      • interplanetary space = the part of outer space within the solar system
      • interstellar space = the space between stars
      • heliosphere = the region inside the heliopause containing the sun and solar system
      • intergalactic space = the space between galaxies
      • deep space = any region in space outside the solar system
      • aerospace = the atmosphere and outer space considered as a whole
      • zone = an area or region distinguished from adjacent parts by a distinctive feature or characteristic
      • belt = an elongated region where a specific condition or characteristic is found
      • bottom = the lowest part of anything
      • county = a region created by territorial division for the purpose of local government
      • distance = a distant region
      • promised land / Shangri-la / paradise / nirvana / heaven / Eden = any place of complete bliss and delight and peace
      • extremity = the outermost or farthest region or point
      • hell on earth / snake pit / hellhole / the pits / inferno / hell = any place of pain and turmoil
      • interior / inside = the region that is inside of something
      • ionosphere = the outer region of the Earth's atmosphere
      • layer = a relatively thin sheetlike expanse or region lying over or under another
      • exterior / outside = the region that is outside of something
      • radius = a circular region whose area is indicated by the length of its radius
      • side = a place within a region identified relative to a center or reference location
      • air = the region above the ground
      • vacuity / vacuum = a region that is devoid of matter
      • top = the upper part of anything
      • zodiac = a belt-shaped region in the heavens on either side to the ecliptic
      • sign of the zodiac / planetary house / star sign / mansion / house / sign = one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
      • Papua = the southeastern part of Papua New Guinea
      • Sind = a region of southeastern Pakistan
      • black hole = a region of space resulting from the collapse of a star
      • Edgeworth-Kuiper belt / Kuiper belt = a disk-shaped region of minor planets outside the orbit of Neptune
      • maria / mare = a dark region of considerable extent on the surface of the moon
    • instances:
      • D region / D-layer = the lowest region of the ionosphere (35 to 50 miles up) that reflects low-frequency radio waves
      • Appleton layer / F region / F layer = the highest region of the ionosphere (from 90 to 600 miles up) which contains the highest concentration of free electrons and is most useful for long-range radio transmission
      • Kennelly-Heaviside layer / Heaviside layer / E region / E layer = a region of the ionosphere (from 50 to 90 miles up) that reflects radio waves of medium length
      • Achaea = a region of ancient Greece on the north coast of the Peloponnese
      • Doris = a small region of ancient Greece where the Doric dialect was spoken
      • Cynoscephalae = the fields in Thessaly where in 197 BC the Romans defeated the Macedonians
      • Transylvania = a historical plateau region in northwestern Romania that is separated from the rest of the country by the Transylvanian Alps; originally part of Hungary
      • Witwatersrand / Rand / Reef = a rocky region in the southern Transvaal in northeastern South Africa
  2. a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve
    • example: in the abdominal region
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonym of region: area
    • more generic term: body part = any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
    • more specific terms:
      • erogenous zone = any area of the body especially sensitive to sexual stimulation
      • pressure point = an area on the skin that is highly sensitive to pressure
      • hypochondrium = the upper region of the abdomen just below the lowest ribs on either side of the epigastrium
      • area of cardiac dullness = a triangular area of the front of the chest
      • epigastrium = the region lying on or over the stomach
      • fovea centralis / fovea = area consisting of a small depression in the retina containing cones and where vision is most acute
      • parafovea = area of the retina immediately surrounding the fovea
      • macula lutea / macular area / yellow spot / macula = a small yellowish central area of the retina that is rich in cones and that mediates clear detailed vision
      • cortical region / cortical area = any of various regions of the cerebral cortex
      • perineum = the general region between the anus and the genital organs
      • side = either the left or right half of a body
      • cleavage = the line formed by a groove between two parts
      • ring of color / areola = small circular area such as that around the human nipple or an inflamed area around a pimple or insect bite
      • midsection / midriff / middle = the middle area of the human torso
      • waistline / waist = the narrowing of the body between the ribs and hips
      • pubic region / loins / pubes = the lower part of the abdomen just above the external genital organs
      • thenar / palm = the inner surface of the hand from the wrist to the base of the fingers
      • thenar = the fleshy area of the palm at the base of the thumb
      • sole = the underside of the foot
      • half-moon / lunula / lunule = the crescent-shaped area at the base of the human fingernail
      • inguen / groin = the crease at the junction of the inner part of the thigh with the trunk together with the adjacent region and often including the external genitals
      • quick = any area of the body that is highly sensitive to pain
  3. a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth
  4. the approximate amount of something (usually used prepositionally as in `in the region of')
    • example: it was going to take in the region of two or three months to finish the job
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of region: neighborhood
    • more generic term: indefinite quantity = an estimated quantity
  5. a knowledge domain that you are interested in or are communicating about


  1. Region: The European Union created a Committee of the Regions to represent Regions of Europe as the layer of EU government administration directly below the nation-state level. The Committee has its headquarters in Brussels.
  2. Region: In mathematical analysis, the word region usually refers to a subset of or that is open, connected and non-empty. A closed region is sometimes defined to be the closure of a region.
  3. Region: The spirit-producing region in which this distillery is located.
  4. Region: The house's primary area of influence.
  5. The region this point is in.
  6. Region: The wine region that this winery is in.
  7. Region: Cave art region where the cave section is.

Phrases with Region

Phrases starting with the word Region:

  1. Region Code
  2. Region Free

Phrases ending with the word Region:

  1. d region
  2. e region
  3. f region
  4. Eco-Region
  5. red region
  6. H II Region
  7. Meso-Region
  8. Chūbu Region
  9. Micro-Region
  10. motor region
  11. polar region
  12. pubic region
  13. french region
  14. nether region
  15. Barents Region
  16. italian region
  17. lothian region
  18. unknown region

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Region

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Google previewDual Sets of Envelopes and Characteristic Regions of Quasi-polynomials (2009)

by Sui Sun Cheng

The C\{X*}-characteristic region is the set of points that do not lie on the straight line LX., that is, C\LA.; and the...

As for the other three regions, the C\(–oo,0)- characteristic region is the dual set of order 0 of the envelope of the family P( ~ 0) ...

Google previewGuidance for the data quality objectives process

The gray region is a range of possible parameter values where the consequences of a false negative decision error...

Google previewTransactions of the Kansas Academy of Science (1903)

As compared with the Mississippi valley, the region is an elevated one.

Google previewReducing the Vulnerability of Moldova's Agricultural Systems to Climate Change (2013)

Impact Assessment and Adaptation Options by William R. Sutton, Jitendra P. Srivastava, James E. Neumann, Ana Iglesias, Brent B. Boehlert

The lightest region is the Northern AEZ, which is a hilly zone with forests, steppe, and meadow vegetation. It has the most fertile soil with a high water holding capacity, which makes this zone the most suitable of the three zones for field crops.

Google previewGlobal Christianity (2007)

Contested Claims by Frans Wijsen, Frans Jozef Servaas Wijsen, Robert J. Schreiter

Joop Vernooij Religion in the Caribbean: Creation by Creolisation The Caribbean region is a unique part of the world with its mixed peoples, cultures and religions, a melting pot or callaloo. The region is an in between of East and West, North ...

Google previewBioprospecting of Indigenous Bioresources of North-East India (2016)

by Jubilee Purkayastha

The northeastern region is the richer diversity center in the entire subcontinent. It is the home of a large number of genera and species including endangered and endemic members. The number of the flowering species in India is compacted ...

Google previewPediatric Chest Imaging (2002)

Chest Imaging in Infants and Children by Javier Lucaya, Janet L. Strife

The paratracheal region refers to the right paratracheal area.

Google previewDesign Essentials for the Motion Media Artist (2013)

A Practical Guide to Principles & Techniques by Angie Taylor

yellow region is the title safe zone, and all text should be contained within this area. The outer, red region is the action safe zone. All essential action should be limited to this area. Anything outside the action safe area is not guaranteed to be ...

Google previewMulticomponent Interfacial Transport (2011)

Described by the Square Gradient Model during Evaporation and Condensation by Kirill Glavatskiy

An important characteristic of the interfacial region is that the pressure has tensorial behavior. One can speak about the pressure ...

Google previewPersonal Media and Everyday Life (2014)

A Networked Lifeworld by T. Rasmussen

'Front region' is the facade; it is expressive equipment of a standard kind intentionally employed by the individual during the performance (Goffman 1959, 32). The front region is the place where the performance is given. On the other hand, the ...

Google previewNational Drug Threat Assessment 2008 (2009)

by Barry Leonard

The Southwest Border Region is the most significant national-level storage, transportation, and transshipment area for illicit drug shipments that are destined for drug markets throughout the United States. The region is the principal arrival zone ...

Google previewThe Pacific Region: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Regional Cultures (2004)

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Regional Cultures by Jan Goggans, Aaron DiFranco

The Pacific Region includes five states with a dizzying array of climates, land types, animal and plant products, and peoples. Indeed, the very idea of a unifying Pacific regional food identity stretches the imagination, considering the physical ...

Google previewThe Concise Encyclopedia of Statistics (2008)

by Yadolah Dodge

Theupperlimitoftheacceptance region is determined by: μ ̄x + zα · σ ̄x , whereμ ̄x isthemeanofthesampling distribution of the means and σ ̄x is the standard error(orthestandarddeviationofthesam- pling distribution of the means): σ ̄x = σ ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Oregon (1999)

by Nancy Capace

Willamette Region. The Willamette Region comprises the famous Willamette Valley, a rectangular trough of level and rolling farm and timber lands, about one hundred and eighty miles long from the Columbia River to the Calapooya ...

Google previewA Native American Encyclopedia (2000)

History, Culture, and Peoples by Barry Pritzker

Ahtna Region Atna, Incorporated Chitina Native Corporation Aleut Region Akutan Corporation Atxam Corporation Belkofski Corporation Cahluka Corporation Isanotski Corporation King Cove Corporation Nelson Lagoon Corporation ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Stateless Nations: D-K (2002)

by James Minahan

250,000 Kashubians in north -central Europe, concentrated in Gulf ot Gdansk region of ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Kazakhstan (2012)

by Didar Kassymova, Zhanat Kundakbayeva, Ustina Markus

XINGXIAN G UIGUR AUTONOMOUS REGION (XUAR). The region of China bordering on Kazakhstan. Xingxiang came under Chinese control under the Qing dynasty between the 17th and 19th centuries. The region was sparsely inhabited, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Stateless Nations: A-C (2002)

by James Minahan

Large Aragonese populations live outside the autonomous region, particularly in neighboring Catalonia, Navarro, and in Madrid. THE ARAGONESE HOMEL4ND: The Aragonese homeland is roughly coextensive with the historical kingdom of ...

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Small photo of Beautiful white horses galloping on the water at soft sunset light, Parc Regional de Camargue, Bouches-du-rhone department, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur region, south FranceSmall photo of NOVOROSSIYSK. KRASNODAR REGION. RUSSIA. 18 APRIL 2016 : Monument to soldiers of undeclared wars in Novorossiysk. Krasnodar region. RussiaSmall photo of NOVOROSSIYSK. KRASNODAR REGION. RUSSIA. 18 APRIL 2016 : Malaya Zemlya - Minor Land in Novorossiysk. Krasnodar region. RussiaSmall photo of Beautiful white horses galloping on the water at soft sunset light, Parc Regional de Camargue, Bouches-du-rhone department, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur region, south FranceSmall photo of Sintra, Lisbon Region, Portugal - August 12, 2016: Interior Architecture of Pena Palace, City of Sintra, Lisbon Region, PortugalSmall photo of Tuna pie is a traditional tapa in Spain. Each family makes their homemade recipe and the tuna filling with tomato and onion changes from region to regionSmall photo of Tuna pie is a traditional tapa in Spain. Each family makes their homemade recipe and the tuna filling with tomato and onion changes from region to region More...

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2010-11-06 West Region Tzu Ching ECO Skit Sign Language

Quotes about Region

Osama bin Laden is going after us to get us out of the region, so he can deal with the regimes that he sees in the region, or replace them with purists. (Brent Scowcroft)
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Scrabble value of R1E1G2I1O1N1

The value of this 6-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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