acre

acre

[ey-ker]
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.
a.
lands; land: wooded acres.
b.
Informal. large quantities: acres of Oriental rugs.
3.
Archaic. a plowed or sown field.

Origin:
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-

half-acre, noun
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Acre

[ah-kruh for 1; ah-ker, ey-ker 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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acre (ˈeɪkə)
 
n
1.  a unit of area used in certain English-speaking countries, equal to 4840 square yards or 4046.86 square metres
2.  (plural)
 a.  land, esp a large area
 b.  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
 
[Old English æcer field, acre; related to Old Norse akr, German Acker, Latin ager field, Sanskrit ajra field]

Acre
 
n
1.  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.  Old Testament name: Accho, Arabic name: `Akka, Hebrew name: `Akko 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)

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acre
O.E. æcer "tilled field, open land," from P.Gmc. *akraz "field, pasture" (cf. O.N. akr, O.Fris. ekkr, O.H.G. achar), from PIE *agros "field" (cf. L. ager "field, land," Gk. agros, Skt. ajras "plain, open country"). Originally in Eng. without reference to dimension; in late O.E. the amount of land
a yoke of oxen could plow in a day, afterward defined by statute to 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." Related: Acreage (1859).
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acre   (ā'kər)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Bible Dictionary

Acre definition


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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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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