- 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
Historical Examples of acre
It was a wooden house of four or five rooms, with an ample veranda, surrounded by an acre of ground fenced in.White Shadows in the South Seas
Can a living for a family be made from a five acre poultry farm?The Dollar Hen
Milo M. Hastings
Not an acre of all the land which lay south of them, Kentucky, but was drenched by blood they spilt.Historic Highways of America (Vol. 3)
Archer Butler Hulbert
In Ireland the cultivated portion of a holding is often no bigger relatively than that work-table on an acre of waste.About Ireland
E. Lynn Linton
No power in the kingdom could wrest a yard of the highway nor an acre of green sea from the possession of the nation.Britain for the British
- 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."