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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 of acre

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 formshalf-a·cre, noun
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Examples from the Web for half-acre

Historical Examples

  • Hell's Half-Acre was a prelude to ten or twelve miles of geyser formation.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • And they called the place Hell's Half-Acre to this day to witness if the carter lied.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • His successor, the poetic Piers, had only a half-acre to plough.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • Hell's Half-acre was a prelude to ten or twelve miles of geyser formation.

    From Sea to Sea

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Sight rather have that, Tumm, says he, than a half-acre farm.


British Dictionary definitions for half-acre

acre

noun
  1. a unit of area used in certain English-speaking countries, equal to 4840 square yards or 4046.86 square metres
  2. (plural)
    1. land, esp a large area
    2. informala large amounthe has acres of space in his room
  3. farm the long acre NZ 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 half-acre

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

half-acre in Science

acre

kər]
  1. 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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