[ ey-ker ]
/ ˈeɪ kər /
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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.
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Idioms about acre
forty acres and a mule. mule1 (def. 11).
Origin of acre
First recorded 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-
OTHER WORDS FROM acrehalf-a·cre, noun
Other definitions for acre (2 of 2)
[ ah-kruh for 1; ah-ker, ey-ker for 2 ]
/ ˈɑ krə for 1; ˈɑ kər, ˈeɪ kər for 2 /
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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How to use acre in a sentence
Think of owning even a half acre of pine woods, stillest and coolest of spots!The Idyl of Twin Fires|Walter Prichard Eaton
Well, she will want some one to teach her how to farm that half acre of grass, and buy the cow and milk her.It Is Never Too Late to Mend|Charles Reade
Its half-acre of pleasure ground—attended to by a jobbing gardener once a week—was trim and flowery.Hyacinth|George A. Birmingham
While the lower plot is flooded for rice, upland crops may be growing on the adjacent elevated acre or half-acre.Where Half The World Is Waking Up|Clarence Poe
He owns jest a half-acre, so far's anybody knows, with a little ol' hut on it thet a respect'ble pig wouldn't live in.Mary Louise in the Country|L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
British Dictionary definitions for acre (1 of 2)
/ (ˈeɪkə) /
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
- informal a 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
Old English æcer field, acre; related to Old Norse akr, German Acker, Latin ager field, Sanskrit ajra field
British Dictionary definitions for acre (2 of 2)
(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)
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Scientific definitions for acre
[ ā′kər ]
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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