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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)

Rio Branco (Portuguese ˈriu ˈbrəŋku)
 
n
1.  a city in W Brazil, capital of Acre state. Pop: 261 000 (2005 est)
2.  a river in Brazil, flowing south to the Rio Negro. Length: 644 km (400 miles)

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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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Science Dictionary
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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rio branco

city, capital of Acre estado (state), western Brazil. It lies on the west bank of the Acre River, and just north of where the Branco River (Rio Branco) flows into the Acre. A commercial and distribution centre, Rio Branco exports rubber, metals, medicinal plants, Brazil nuts, timber, and furniture. Petroleum and alcohol fuels are processed there. The Federal University of Acre (1971) is located in Rio Branco. The city is linked by road and air routes with Brasilia, the federal capital, and Manaus, which is also accessible by river transport. Pop. (2005 est.) 273,400

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