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