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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-

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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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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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