The Alternative English Dictionary: acre

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acre {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: aker (archaic) etymology From Middle English acre, aker, from Old English æcer, from Proto-Germanic *akraz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éǵros 〈*h₂éǵros〉. Cognate with Scots acre, aker, acker, Northern Frisian ecir, Western Frisian eker, Dutch akker, German Acker, Swedish åker, Icelandic akur, Latin ager, Ancient Greek ἀγρός 〈agrós〉. Related also to acorn. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈeɪ.kə/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈeɪ.kɚ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A field.
  2. An English unit of land area (symbol: a. or ac.) originally denoting a day's plowing for a yoke of oxen, now standardize as 4,840 square yard or 4,046.86 square meter.
    • 2006, Edwin Black , Internal Combustion , 2, , “Buried within the Mediterranean littoral are some seventy to ninety million tons of slag from ancient smelting, about a third of it concentrated in Iberia. This ceaseless industrial fueling caused the deforestation of an estimated fifty to seventy million acres of woodlands.”
  3. Similar unit of area in other system.
  4. (informal, usually plural) A wide expanse. exampleI like my new house - there’s acres of space!
  5. (informal, usually plural) A large quantity.
  6. (obsolete) The acre's breadth or length, English unit of length equal to the statute dimension of the acre: 22 yds (≈20 m) or 220 yrds (≈200 m).
  7. (obsolete) A duel fought between individual Scot and Englishmen in the borderland.
  • (100 carucates, notionally) See hundred
  • (the area able to be plowed by 8 oxen in a year) See carucate
  • (the area able to be plowed by two oxen in a year) See virgate
  • (the area able to be plowed by an ox in a year) See oxgang
  • (the area able to be plowed by an ox in half a season) See nook
  • (the area able to be plowed by an ox in ¼ a season) See fardel
  • (10 acres, prob. spurious) acreme
Synonyms: (approximate) day's math, demath, (Egyptian) feddan, {{Sense}} morgen, (French) arpent, arpen, pose, (India) cawney, cawny, bigha, (Ireland) Irish acre, collop, plantation acre, (Roman) juger, jugerum, (Scottish) Scottish acre, Scots acre, Scotch acre, acair, (Wales) Welsh acre, cover, cyfair, erw, stang
  • (¼ acre) See rood
  • (1/160 acre) lug, perch, (now chiefly Scottish) fall
related terms:
  • acorn
  • Greenacre
  • wiseacre
  • care
  • race

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