- 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
Examples from the Web for half-acre
Historical Examples of half-acre
And they called the place Hell's Half-Acre to this day to witness if the carter lied.
Hell's Half-Acre was a prelude to ten or twelve miles of geyser formation.
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
- 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 half-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.