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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Acre  \A"cre\,  n.  [OE.  aker,  AS  [ae]cer;  akin  to  OS  accar,  OHG. 
  achar,  Ger.  acker,  Icel.  akr,  Sw  [*a]ker,  Dan.  ager,  Goth. 
  akrs  L.  ager,  Gr  ?,  Skr.  ajra.  [root]2,  206.] 
  1.  Any  field  of  arable  or  pasture  land.  [Obs.] 
 
  2.  A  piece  of  land,  containing  160  square  rods,  or  4,840 
  square  yards,  or  43,560  square  feet.  This  is  the  English 
  statute  acre.  That  of  the  United  States  is  the  same  The 
  Scotch  acre  was  about  1.26  of  the  English,  and  the  Irish 
  1.62  of  the  English. 
 
  Note:  The  acre  was  limited  to  its  present  definite  quantity 
  by  statutes  of  Edward  I.,  Edward  III.,  and  Henry  VIII. 
 
  {Broad  acres},  many  acres,  much  landed  estate.  [Rhetorical] 
 
 
  {God's  acre},  God's  field;  the  churchyard. 
 
  I  like  that  ancient  Saxon  phrase,  which  calls  The 
  burial  ground,  God's  acre.  --Longfellow. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  acre 
  n  :  a  unit  of  area  (4840  square  yards)  used  in  English-speaking 
  countries 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Acre 
  is  the  translation  of  a  word  (tse'med),  which  properly  means  a 
  yoke,  and  denotes  a  space  of  ground  that  may  be  ploughed  by  a 
  yoke  of  oxen  in  a  day  It  is  about  an  acre  of  our  measure  (Isa. 
  5:10;  1  Sam.  14:14). 
 




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