One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A unit of land area equal to 4,840 square yards (0.405 hectare)‘he farms 1,200 acres in East Yorkshire’as modifier ‘a 15-acre estate’
grounds, ground, fields, open space, open areaView synonyms
- ‘Yields of up to four tonnes an acre had been forecast before weather broke.’
- ‘We want to fence off a quarter of an acre of our land to create a building plot with access from our existing driveway.’
- ‘Also in some cases it seemed a two acre area would be required of those building the house.’
- ‘It is located on just over an acre of land with a two-tiered service building and office block.’
- ‘Does it pay to treat every acre with an insecticide when only a few acres will be affected?’
- ‘Outside, the gardens which surround the property extend to a quarter of an acre.’
- ‘This attractive building is set on three quarters of an acre on the outskirts of the village.’
- ‘Each villa will be set on an acre of land with a private pool and hot tub.’
- ‘Look out of your car window a few years from now and all you'll see is acre upon acre of golden oilseed rape.’
- ‘The property is standing on a third of an acre, with a vegetable patch and lawns.’
- ‘They had less than an acre of land to call their own, but it was their own and no one else's.’
- ‘Growers will be paid up to £750 an acre for a crop planted on land that at present brings in no income.’
- ‘The house is surrounded by an acre of lush green lawns with mature shrubs sprinkled throughout.’
- ‘Then it was just a farmhouse with less than an acre but he has since built it up into a holding of about 100 acres.’
- ‘The house comes with three quarters of an acre and is situated near a river.’
- ‘The ponds are three to four feet deep and range in area from an acre to more than ten acres.’
- ‘The house is on about an acre of grounds which have trees, flowering shrubs and a base for a hard tennis court.’
- ‘Ten gophers on a single acre of land can move up to five tons of earth within one year.’
- ‘It is extremely private, with grounds extending to around three quarters of an acre.’
- ‘I grew up in Somerset, on a seven acre smallholding where my parents and sister still live.’
- 1.1acres ofinformal A large extent or amount of something.‘acres of space’
- ‘Official Surrealism includes acres upon acres of bad painting, yet its ideas could not be more important to the century.’
- ‘There is not a proposition or an insight I can bother to disagree with in these acres of amiable flannel.’
- ‘Time was when being Prime Minister carried acres of responsibility with a surprising amount of free time.’
- ‘A long low ball across the field found the impressive Beauchamp in acres of space.’
- ‘A woeful shot in acres of space by Mullan at the top of the penalty box was embarrassingly bad.’
Old English æcer (denoting the amount of land a yoke of oxen could plough in a day), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch akker and German Acker ‘field’, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit ajra ‘field’, Latin ager, and Greek agros.
1An industrial seaport of Israel; population 46,300 (est. 2008).Also called Akko
2A state of western Brazil, on the border with Peru; capital, Rio Branco.
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