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acre

[ey-ker] /ˈeɪ kər/
noun
1.
a common measure of area: in the U.S. and U.K., 1 acre equals 4,840 square yards (4,047 square meters) or 0.405 hectare; 640 acres equals one square mile.
2.
acres.
  1. lands; land:
    wooded acres.
  2. Informal. large quantities:
    acres of Oriental rugs.
3.
Archaic. a plowed or sown field.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English aker, Old English æcer; cognate with Old Frisian ekker, Old Saxon akkar, Old High German ackar (German Acker), Old Norse akr, Gothic akers, Latin ager, Greek agrós, Sanskrit ájra-; see also acorn, agrarian, agrestic, agriculture, agro-
Related forms
half-acre, noun

Acre

[ah-kruh for 1; ah-ker, ey-ker for 2] /ˈɑ krə for 1; ˈɑ kər, ˈeɪ kər for 2/
noun
1.
a state in W Brazil. 58,900 sq. mi. (152,550 sq. km).
Capital: Rio Branco.
2.
a seaport in NW Israel: besieged and captured by Crusaders 1191.
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British Dictionary definitions for acre

acre

/ˈeɪkə/
noun
1.
a unit of area used in certain English-speaking countries, equal to 4840 square yards or 4046.86 square metres
2.
(pl)
  1. land, esp a large area
  2. (informal) a large amount: he has acres of space in his room
3.
(NZ) farm the long acre, to graze cows on the verge of a road
Word Origin
Old English æcer field, acre; related to Old Norse akr, German Acker, Latin ager field, Sanskrit ajra field

Acre

noun
1.
(ˈɑːkrə). a state of W Brazil: mostly unexplored tropical forests; acquired from Bolivia in 1903. Capital: Rio Branco. Pop: 586 942 (2002). Area: 152 589 sq km (58 899 sq miles)
2.
(ˈeɪkə; ˈɑːkə). a city and port in N Israel, strategically situated on the Bay of Acre in the E Mediterranean: taken and retaken during the Crusades (1104, 1187, 1191, 1291), taken by the Turks (1517), by Egypt (1832), and by the Turks again (1839). Pop: 45 600 (2001) Old Testament name Accho (ɑːˈkəʊ) Arabic name `Akka (ɑːˈkɑː) Hebrew name `Akko (ɑːˈkəʊ)
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Word Origin and History for acre
n.

Old English æcer "tilled field, open land," from Proto-Germanic *akraz "field, pasture" (cf. Old Norse akr, Old Saxon akkar, Old Frisian ekker, Middle Dutch acker, Dutch akker, Old High German achar, German acker, Gothic akrs), from PIE *agro- "field" (cf. Latin ager "field, land," Greek agros, Sanskrit ajras "plain, open country").

Originally in English without reference to dimension; in late Old English the amount of land a yoke of oxen could plow in a day, afterward defined by statute as a piece 40 poles by 4, or an equivalent shape (5 Edw. I, 31 Edw. III, 24 Hen. VIII). Original sense retained in God's acre "churchyard."

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acre in Science
acre
  (ā'kər)   
A unit of area in the US Customary System, used in land and sea floor measurement and equal to 43,560 square feet or 4,047 square meters.
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acre in the Bible

is the translation of a word (tse'med), which properly means a yoke, and denotes a space of ground that may be ploughed by a yoke of oxen in a day. It is about an acre of our measure (Isa. 5:10; 1 Sam. 14:14).

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Encyclopedia Article for acre

unit of land measurement in the British Imperial and United States Customary systems, equal to 43,560 square feet, or 160 square rods. One acre is equivalent to 0.4047 hectares (4,047 square metres). Derived from Middle English aker (from Old English aecer) and akin to Latin ager ("field"), the acre had one origin in the typical area that could be plowed in one day with a yoke of oxen pulling a wooden plow. The Anglo-Saxon acre was defined as a strip of land 1 110 furlong, or 40 4 rods (660 66 feet). One acre gradually came to denote a piece of land of any shape measuring the present 4,840 square yards. Larger and smaller variant acres, ranging from 0.19 to 0.911 hectares, were once employed throughout the British Isles

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