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floor area ratio

The ratio of the total floor area of a building (excluding areas such as mechanical rooms or the areas of floors used exclusively for mechanical equipment) to the area of the lot on which the building is built.
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Come, let us see how far we may go toward liberty before I must return."
"Now then, let's see how far it will carry, Captain.

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