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Arena definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ARE'NA, n. [L. sand.]
1. An open space of ground strewed with sand, on which the gladiators, in ancient Rome, exhibited shows of fighting for the amusement of spectators. Hence, a place for public exhibition.
2. Among physicians, sand or gravel in the kidneys.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a particular environment or walk of life; "his social sphere is limited"; "it was a closed area of employment"; "he's out of my orbit" [syn: sphere, domain, area, orbit, field, arena]
2: the central area of an ancient Roman amphitheater where contests and spectacles were held; especially an area that was strewn with sand
3: a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments [syn: stadium, bowl, arena, sports stadium]
4: a playing field where sports events take place [syn: arena, scene of action]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Latin harena, arena sand, sandy place Date: 1600 1. an area in a Roman amphitheater for gladiatorial combats 2. a. an enclosed area used for public entertainment b. a building containing an arena 3. a. a sphere of interest, activity, or competition <the political arena> b. a place or situation for controversy <in the public arena>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the central part of an amphitheatre etc., where contests take place. 2 a scene of conflict; a sphere of action or discussion. Phrases and idioms: arena stage a stage situated with the audience all round it. Etymology: L (h)arena sand, sand-strewn place of combat

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Arena A*re"na, n.; pl. E. Arenas; L. Aren[ae]. [L. arena, harena, sand, a sandy place.] 1. (Rom. Antiq.) The area in the central part of an amphitheater, in which the gladiators fought and other shows were exhibited; -- so called because it was covered with sand. 2. Any place of public contest or exertion; any sphere of action; as, the arenaof debate; the arena of life. 3. (Med.) ``Sand'' or ``gravel'' in the kidneys.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(arenas) 1. An arena is a place where sports, entertainments, and other public events take place. It has seats around it where people sit and watch. ...the largest indoor sports arena in the world. = stadium N-COUNT 2. You can refer to a field of activity, especially one where there is a lot of conflict or action, as an arena of a particular kind. He made it clear he had no intention of withdrawing from the political arena... N-COUNT: usu with supp

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Ring, amphitheatre. 2. Scene of action, theatre, field, stage, place of contest, scene of conflict, battle-field.

Moby Thesaurus

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