Arena and Stadium

Arena

An arena is an enclosed area, often circular or oval-shaped, designed to showcase theater, musical performances, or sporting events.

arena n 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}] 2: the central area of an ancient Roman amphitheater where contests and spectacles were held; especially a sand-strewn area 3: a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments [syn: {stadium}, {bowl}, {sports stadium}] 4: a playing field where sports events take place [syn: {scene of action}]

98 Moby Thesaurus words for "arena": academic discipline, academic specialty, ambit, amphitheater, applied science, area, art, assembly hall, auditorium, back, backdrop, background, bailiwick, beat, border, borderland, chapel, cincture, circle, circuit, circus, close, concern, concert hall, confine, container, convention hall, coop, court, courtyard, curtilage, dance hall, delimited field, demesne, department, department of knowledge, discipline, distance, domain, dominion, enclave, enclosure, exhibition hall, field, field of inquiry, field of study, fold, gallery, ground, hall, hemisphere, hinterland, judicial circuit, jurisdiction, lecture hall, list, locale, march, meetinghouse, mise-en-scene, music hall, natural science, ology, opera house, orb, orbit, pale, paling, park, pen, precinct, province, pure science, quad, quadrangle, realm, rear, ring, round, scene, science, setting, social science, specialty, sphere, square, stadium, stage, stage set, stage setting, study, technicology, technics, technology, theater, toft, walk, yard

arena n. [common; Unix] The area of memory attached to a process by `brk(2)' and `sbrk(2)' and used by `malloc(3)' as dynamic storage. So named from a `malloc: corrupt arena' message emitted when some early versions detected an impossible value in the free block list. See {overrun screw}, {aliasing bug}, {memory leak}, {memory smash}, {smash the stack}.

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. [1913 Webster] 2. Any place of public contest or exertion; any sphere of action; as, the arenaof debate; the arena of life. [1913 Webster] 3. (Med.) ``Sand'' or ``gravel'' in the kidneys. [1913 Webster]

Arena, ND Zip code(s): 58412 Arena, WI (village, FIPS 2550) Location: 43.16333 N, 89.91321 W Population (1990): 525 (194 housing units) Area: 2.1 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 53503

arena The area of memory attached to a {Unix} process by the {brk} and {sbrk} {system calls} and used by {malloc} as dynamic storage. So named from a "malloc: corrupt arena" message emitted when some early versions detected an impossible value in the free block list. See {overrun screw}, {aliasing bug}, {memory leak}, {memory smash}, {smash the stack}. [{Jargon File}] (1995-12-28)

ARENA, n. In politics, an imaginary rat-pit in which the statesman wrestles with his record.

Stadium

A modern stadium (plural stadiums/stadia) is a place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events and consists of a field or stage either partly or completely surrounded by a structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event.)

stadium n : a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments [syn: {bowl}, {arena}, {sports stadium}] [also: {stadia} (pl)]

71 Moby Thesaurus words for "stadium": agora, amphitheater, arena, assembly hall, athletic field, auditorium, background, bear garden, bowl, boxing ring, bull ring, campus, canvas, chapel, circus, cockpit, coliseum, colosseum, concert hall, convention hall, course, dance hall, exhibition hall, field, floor, forum, gallery, garden, ground, gym, gymnasium, hall, hippodrome, lecture hall, lists, locale, marketplace, mat, meetinghouse, milieu, music hall, open forum, opera house, palaestra, parade ground, pit, place, platform, precinct, prize ring, public square, purlieu, range, ring, scene, scene of action, scenery, setting, site, sphere, spy, squared circle, stage, stage set, stage setting, terrain, theater, tilting ground, tiltyard, walk, wrestling ring

Stadium \Sta"di*um\ (st[=a]"d[i^]*[u^]m), n.; pl. {Stadia} (st[=a]"d[i^]*[.a]). [L., a stadium (in sense 1), from Gr. sta`dion.] 1. A Greek measure of length, being the chief one used for itinerary distances, also adopted by the Romans for nautical and astronomical measurements. It was equal to 600 Greek or 625 Roman feet, or 125 Roman paces, or to 606 feet 9 inches English. This was also called the {Olympic stadium}, as being the exact length of the foot-race course at Olympia. --Dr. W. Smith. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: A race course; especially, the Olympic course for foot races. [1913 Webster] 3. Hence: A modern structure, with its inclosure, resembling the ancient stadium[2], used for athletic games which are typically played out-of-doors; such stadiums are usually large structures without roofs, though some modern stadiums may have a protective dome overhead. It may be contrasted with the {arena}, the term commonly used for smaller structures at which indoor games are played. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC] 4. A kind of telemeter for measuring the distance of an object of known dimensions, by observing the angle it subtends; especially (Surveying), a graduated rod used to measure the distance of the place where it stands from an instrument having a telescope, by observing the number of the graduations of the rod that are seen between certain parallel wires (stadia wires) in the field of view of the telescope; -- also called {stadia}, and {stadia rod}. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • arena: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • arena: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • arena: Jargon File (4.3.1, 29 Jun 2001)
  • arena: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • arena: U.S. Gazetteer (1990)
  • arena: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)
  • arena: THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993)
  • stadium: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • stadium: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • stadium: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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