What do the various uses of "-bereich" mean in the text below? Are these words (and uses) restricted to any particular register or context? Neither Duden, nor Google Translate have provided any adequate definitions. (Ironically, this is a Duden provided for "auf.")

zur Angabe der Richtung; bezieht sich auf eine Stelle, Oberfläche, auf einen Erstreckungsbereich, einen Zielpunkt o. Ä., bezeichnet den Gang zu einem/in einen Raum, zu einem/in ein Gebäude; gibt die Richtung in einem Seins-, Tätigkeitsbereich o. Ä. an

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    Since these are just compound nouns: did you look up "Bereich" already? Could you please explain, in what way the findings aren't satisfactory?
    – Arsak
    Mar 28, 2019 at 17:17

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Bereich simply means area or scope.

You won't find words as Erstreckungsbereich or Seinsbereich in any dictionary, as they are made up from scratch.

It's the German way of saying the area of "Erstreckung" or the area of "Sein".

  • I understand that but in the context of "Erstreckungsbereich" and "Tätigkeitsbereich" in particular, what do the compounds mean? As I understand it, "Erstreckung" means extension. So does "auf einen Erstreckungsbereich" mean "into an extension-area"? And what does "gibt die Richtung in einem Seins-, Tätigkeitsbereich o. Ä. an" mean?
    – Aaron
    Mar 28, 2019 at 20:27
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    "You won't find words as[sic] Erstreckungsbereich or Seinsbereich in any dictionary". AFAIK, they were taken from the Duden description of the word auf --> 1.b. That is a dictionary, isn't it? Mar 28, 2019 at 20:31
  • Well, it's not explained in there.
    – Janka
    Mar 28, 2019 at 20:51
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    Erstreckung does not mean extension, but extent. So it's the area of extent or scope of extent. Example: Auf einen Hektar kommt ein Traktor.
    – Janka
    Mar 28, 2019 at 20:55
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    gibt die Richtung in einem Seins-, Tätigkeitsbereich o. Ä. an – explains the direction inside the scope of being or doing.
    – Janka
    Mar 28, 2019 at 20:57

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