- 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.
- lands; land: wooded acres.
- Informal.large quantities: acres of Oriental rugs.
- Archaic. a plowed or sown field.
Origin of acre
- a state in W Brazil. 58,900 sq. mi. (152,550 sq. km). Capital: Rio Branco.
- a seaport in NW Israel: besieged and captured by Crusaders 1191.
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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
- a unit of area used in certain English-speaking countries, equal to 4840 square yards or 4046.86 square metres
- land, esp a large area
- informala large amounthe has acres of space in his room
- farm the long acre NZ to graze cows on the verge of a road
Word Origin for acre
- (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)
- (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)
Word Origin and History 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."
- 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.