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Mar. 07, 2024
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The students were chatting in the sitting/seating area outside the campus library. (Self-made sentence.)

As a user of British English, if an area with chairs is meant, I personally find "seating area" more natural than "sitting area".

Unusually, I might use "sitting area" if I was referring to an area without chairs, designated for sitting on the ground (e.g. for picnics in the park or at the edge of a swimming pool).

I cannot find any help with this in earlier threads or in the WR dictionary.

Google ngram indicates that before about 1985 "seating area" was used more often than "sitting area" but after 1985, "sitting area" is a runaway success.

Could anyone confirm:

--- whether any significant difference in meaning should be attached to sitting area / seating area in any variety of English?

--- if the meanings are the same, when would it be more appropriate to use one rather than the other?

--- whether American / British usage is the same or different in this respect?


    The Landlord and all those authorised by it may have access to the Seating Area at all times, but will do so in a reasonable manner taking into consideration the use of the Seating Area .

    In the course of using the Seating Area , the Tenant must not do anything that is or becomes a nuisance to the Landlord or any tenants or occupiers of any adjoining premises.

    In the case of persistent and material breach of the Seating Area Regulations, the Landlord may suspend the right to use the Seating Area by notice in writing to the Tenant for such period of time as the Landlord in its absolute discretion considers appropriate.

    The Tenant must not use the Seating Area without having first obtained any necessary Trade Licences required for its use.

    The Tenant must pay all rates that may be payable in connection with the use of the Seating Area or, if such rates are demanded from the Landlord, indemnify the Landlord against such rates.

    The Tenant must maintain adequate insurance in respect of public or third party liability in connection with the use of the Seating Area .

    The Tenant must comply with any additional regulations that the Landlord imposes in respect of the proper use and operation of the Seating Area .

    The Tenant must: keep the Seating Area clean and tidy at all times; maintain all the tables and chairs in a clean and tidy condition; ensure that all tables are cleared as soon as possible after customers have vacated; promptly clean any spillage of food or drink; and clear any litter deposited by customers of the Tenant on or nearby the Seating Area .

    DURING EXAMINATION a) Before the exam starts, Seating Area will be thoroughly sanitized –exam rooms, desk, chair etc.

    Before the exam starts, Seating Area will be thoroughly sanitized- exam rooms, desk, chair etc.

    means those portionsof an item of upholstered furniture which a person may sit upon, or rest against while sitting, including the seatand the inside of the back and arms of the item. The seating area includes such surfaces of any loose pillows or cushions that are not attached to the item of upholstered furniture but are sold with it.

  • Landing area means that part of a movement area intended for the landing or take-off of aircraft;

  • Parking Area means the area designated as a permitted parking area and a special parking area by the Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Angus Council) Designation Order 2017; and “permitted parking area” and “special parking area” are to be read accordingly;”; and

  • Parking Areas means those portions of the Project which may be used for parking as depicted on the Site Plan, as such areas may be changed by Landlord from time to time, excluding any parking garage now or hereafter existing under, and as a part of, any of the Other Buildings.

  • Operating Area means those areas on-shore in India in which company or its affiliated company may from time to time be entitled to execute such services/operations.

  • Drainage area means a geographic area within which stormwater, sediments, or dissolved materials drain to a particular receiving waterbody or to a particular point along a receiving waterbody.

  • Dining area means a public room or area in which meals are regularly served.

  • Building Area means the greatest horizontal area of a building within the outside surface of the exterior walls.

  • mining areas means the areas delineated and coloured red on the Plan marked “A” initialled by or on behalf of the parties hereto for the purposes of identification;

  • Living area means the interior habitable area of a dwelling unit, including basements and attics, but does not include a garage or any accessory structure.

  • Basement means any area of the building having its floor subgrade (below ground level) on all sides.

  • Storage area means any location, facility, or vehicle which is used to store, to transport, or to secure a radiographic exposure device, a storage container, or a sealed source when it is not in use and which is locked or has a physical barrier to prevent accidental exposure, tampering with, or unauthorized removal of the device, container, or source.

  • mining area means all those pieces of land containing two hundred and forty‑six (246) square miles or thereabouts situate in what is known to the parties as the “Xxx Xxxxx‑Siberia Nickel Laterite Area” the subject of the mineral claims applications for mineral claims and Temporary Reserves listed in the First Schedule hereto which are generally delineated and respectively coloured green and orange and red in the plan marked “X” signed by or on behalf of the parties for the purpose of identification;

  • parking meter means an apparatus for use on or in the vicinity of a parking place for indicating, as respects a space provided at that parking place for the leaving of vehicles, whether the initial charge has been paid and whether the period for which payment was made by the initial charge has expired;

  • Landscaped area means all the planting areas, turf areas, and water features in a landscape design plan subject to the Maximum Applied Water Allowance and Estimated Applied Water Use calculations. The landscaped area does not include footprints of buildings or structures, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, decks, patios, gravel or stone walks, other pervious or non-pervious hardscapes, and other non-irrigated areas designated for non-development (e.g., open spaces and existing native vegetation).

  • Parking Garage means a building or portion of a building, other than a private garage, that is used for the temporary parking of motor vehicles;

  • Areas means such areas within the DAS Areas that are identified in Annexure A annexed to this Agreement;

  • stacked bicycle parking space means a horizontal bicycle parking space that is positioned above or below another bicycle parking space and equipped with a mechanical device providing floor level access to both bicycle parking spaces.

  • Common Area means all areas and facilities within the Project that are not designated by Landlord for the exclusive use of Tenant or any other lessee or other occupant of the Project, including the parking areas, access and perimeter roads, pedestrian sidewalks, landscaped areas, trash enclosures, recreation areas and the like.

  • Planning area means a designated portion of the parcel on which the land development project is located. Planning areas shall be established by delineation on a master plan. Once established, planning areas shall be applied consistently for all future projects.

  • bicycle parking space means an area used for parking or storing a bicycle;

  • ILUA Area means the geographical area in relation to which the Framework ILUA applies, as specified in Schedule 2 of the Framework ILUA;

  • Passenger area means the area designed to seat the driver and passengers while a motor vehicle is in operation and any area that is readily accessible to the driver or a passenger while in his or her seating position, including but not limited to any type of glove or storage compartment accessible to passengers or driver.

  • bicycle parking space – visitor means an area that is equipped with a bicycle rack for the purpose of parking and securing bicycles, and:

  • Common Areas is defined as all areas and facilities outside the Premises and within the exterior boundary line of the Industrial Center and interior utility raceways within the Premises that are provided and designated by the Lessor from time to time for the general non-exclusive use of Lessor, Lessee and other lessees of the Industrial Center and their respective employees, suppliers, shippers, customers, contractors and invitees, including parking areas, loading and unloading areas, trash areas, roadways, sidewalks, walkways, parkways, driveways and landscaped areas.

  • Garage shall have the meaning ascribed to it in Recital H;

  • mixed-use building means a building or structure containing a residential and non- residential use other than a home occupation;

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