- lands; land: wooded acres.
- Informal.large quantities: acres of Oriental rugs.
Origin of acre
Examples from the Web for acre
Contemporary Examples of acre
His attempt to boost farm wages, called the Agricultural Adjustment Act, supposedly "plowed under" every fourth acre.When America Said No to War
September 10, 2013
A video shows counselors calling for violent conquering of Jaffa and Acre (Akko).Propagandize For Israel And Get A Free Ride At College
August 13, 2013
Looking for a rec center with an acre of cardio and weight machines like the ones used at the Beijing Olympics?The Real College Crisis Isn’t About Student Loan Rates
July 11, 2013
In 1981, the average price of farmland in Iowa was $2,147 per acre; by 1986, the average farm brought $787 an acre.Don't Get Too Stressed About the Farm Bubble
April 1, 2013
Sometimes the great powers applauded; sometimes they condemned, but acre by acre, Jews seized control of their fate.Israel's Palestinian Arab Spring
May 16, 2011
Historical Examples of acre
I think every acre of land suitable for garden or field cultivation is taken.Her Father's Daughter
"I wish I had an acre for every good thrashing I got when I was a boy," he commented drily.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
It is a quiet spot, but without gloom, as befits "God's Acre."The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Tableland there is none except little patches of less than an acre.The Hunted Outlaw
This was forty rods, or poles, and four of these furrows made up the acre.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
- land, esp a large area
- informala large amounthe has acres of space in his room
Word Origin for acre
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."