- lands; land: wooded acres.
- Informal.large quantities: acres of Oriental rugs.
Origin of acre
Examples from the Web for half-acre
Historical Examples of half-acre
Hell's Half-Acre was a prelude to ten or twelve miles of geyser formation.
And they called the place Hell's Half-Acre to this day to witness if the carter lied.
His successor, the poetic Piers, had only a half-acre to plough.Domesday Book and Beyond
Frederic William Maitland
Hell's Half-acre was a prelude to ten or twelve miles of geyser formation.From Sea to Sea
Sight rather have that, Tumm, says he, than a half-acre farm.Every Man for Himself
- 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."