acre

noun
\ ˈā-kər How to pronounce acre (audio) \

Definition of acre

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a archaic : a field especially of arable land or pastureland
b acres plural : lands, estate
2 : any of various units of area specifically : a unit in the U.S. and England equal to 43,560 square feet (4047 square meters) — see Weights and Measures Table
3 : a broad expanse or great quantity acres of free publicity

Acre

geographical name (1)
\ ˈä-krē How to pronounce Acre (audio) , -(ˌ)krā How to pronounce Acre (audio) \

Definition of Acre (Entry 2 of 3)

state in western Brazil bordering on Peru and Bolivia; capital Rio Branco area 59,343 square miles (153,698 square kilometers), population 733,559

Acre

geographical name (2)
\ ˈä-kər How to pronounce Acre (audio) , ˈā-kər, ˈä-krə How to pronounce Acre (audio) \
variants: or Hebrew ʽAkko or Old Testament Accho \ ˈä-​kō How to pronounce Accho (audio) , ˈā-​ \ or New Testament Ptolemaïs \ ˌtä-​lə-​ˈmā-​əs How to pronounce Ptolemaïs (audio) \

Definition of Acre (Entry 3 of 3)

city and port at the head of a bay on the Mediterranean Sea north of Mount Carmel in northwestern Israel population 37,400

Examples of acre in a Sentence

Noun The house sits on two acres of land. They own hundreds of acres of farmland.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The featured estate is situated atop an acre of wooded and hilly land at 200 Waters Edge Way. Dallas News, "Salcedo Homes offers 1-acre wooded estate in Oak Point," 12 July 2020 Situated on nearly half an acre, this home features over 6,000 square feet of living space. Dallas News, "Find a home in Bluffview, Devonshire or Briarwood," 12 July 2020 The project was funded by the Chesapeake Bay Foundations Farm Stewardship Agreement, which provided $300 per acre and 200 trees and shrubs, according to an email from Orr. Hannah Himes, Washington Post, "Field of wildflowers advances sustainability in Maryland," 12 July 2020 The Hawaiian government estimates that in areas of the islands where coquis have gotten a firm toehold, the population can be as dense as 20,000 frogs to an acre, more than double their average densities in Puerto Rico. Rene Ebersole, National Geographic, "National parks are being overrun by invasive species," 24 June 2020 Cuban farmers use about half as much fertilizer for each acre of farmland than their U.S. counterparts (3 versus 6 tons per square kilometer per year in 2016). Amanda H. Schmidt, The Conversation, "Cuba’s clean rivers show the benefits of reducing nutrient pollution," 10 June 2020 So grab a chainsaw and drop an acre or two of pole timber on the ground where the deer can reach the tops. Craig Dougherty, Outdoor Life, "Are You Feeding Your Deer To Death?," 6 Feb. 2013 The helm, too, is designed to look like a Lamborghini cockpit, with two bucket seats surrounded by about an acre of decking. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Lamborghini Is Building a 4000-HP Boat," 30 June 2020 Wetlands, for instance, are crucial sponges, able to hold up to 1.5 million gallons of water per acre, according to the report. Popular Science, "Healthy ecosystems are nature’s barrier to hurricane damage," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of acre

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for acre

Noun

Middle English aker, acre, going back to Old English æcer, going back to Germanic *akraz (whence also, with k geminate in West Germanic, Old Saxon akkar "field," Old High German ackar, Old Norse akr "arable land," Gothic akrs "field"), going back to Indo-European *h2eǵros, whence also Latin ager, "piece of land, field," Greek agrós, Sanskrit ájrah

Note: This Indo-European noun is traditionally linked to the verbal base *h2eǵ- "drive (cattle, etc.)" (see agent, on the assumption that *h2eǵ-ros originally meant "pasture," "fallow land," onto which the cattle were driven, and later developed other senses, as "cultivated field." The semantic plausibility of such a derivation has recently been questioned, however.

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“Acre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acre. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for acre

acre

noun
How to pronounce Acre (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of acre

: a measure of land area in the U.S. and Britain that equals 4,840 square yards (about 4,047 square meters)

acre

noun
\ ˈā-kər How to pronounce acre (audio) \

Kids Definition of acre

: a measure of land area equal to 43,560 square feet (about 4047 square meters)

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