- lands; land: wooded acres.
- Informal. large quantities: acres of Oriental rugs.
Origin of acre
Examples from the Web for acre
His attempt to boost farm wages, called the Agricultural Adjustment Act, supposedly "plowed under" every fourth acre.
A video shows counselors calling for violent conquering of Jaffa and Acre (Akko).Propagandize For Israel And Get A Free Ride At College|Orly Halpern|August 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Patricia Murphy|July 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In 1981, the average price of farmland in Iowa was $2,147 per acre; by 1986, the average farm brought $787 an 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|Frederick O'Brien
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|Robert Blatchford
- land, esp a large area
- informal a 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."