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A unit of area, the British statute acre being equal to 0.4047ha (4840 square yards or 10 square chains). Originally, unenclosed land and later enclosed, cultivated land; as a measure, ...

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A Dictionary of Genetics (8 ed.)

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2014
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences
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25 words

... the genus of maple trees. A. rubrum , the red maple, and A. saccharum , the sugar maple, are studied genetically because of their commercial...

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A Dictionary of Plant Sciences (4 ed.)

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2019
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121 words

... (family Aceraceae ) A genus of trees in which the leaves are without stipules , opposite , and entire, or often palmately lobed (but pinnate in A. negundo , box elder). Regular, pentamerous flowers are borne in racemes , corymbs , or umbels . The fruit is a samara . These trees are important for timber, many small Japanese species and varieties are ornamentals, and in North America maple syrup is obtained mainly from A. saccharum . Field maple ( A. campestre ) is wild in Britain; sycamore ( A. pseudoplatanus ), from southern Europe, is...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

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2020
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10 words

... God’s acre : see god . hell’s half acre : see hell...

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A Dictionary of Travel and Tourism

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2012
Subject:
Social sciences
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12 words

... Action with Communities in Rural England http://www.acre.org.uk Website of this...

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A Dictionary of Construction, Surveying and Civil Engineering (2 ed.)

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2020

... An area of land equal to 4840 square yards (0.405...

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The Oxford Companion to Irish History (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
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103 words

... , a unit of territorial measurement that, in Ireland as elsewhere, could have varying meanings. In different contexts an ‘acre’ could refer to a parcel of land physically marked out on the landscape, a notional subdivision of a larger unit such as a ploughland or ballyboe , or a measured area of standard size. Of the several different measured acres in use, that based on a perch of 21 feet (1 acre=160 square perches) was used in the plantation of Ulster , and became established as the ‘Irish’ or ‘plantation’ acre, equal to 1.62 statute acres. The...

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The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
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101 words

... Derived from Old English aecer or Old Norse akr , ‘plot of cultivated land’. Originally an approximate measure of land which a yoke of oxen could plough in a day, it was standardized by Edward I ( r. 1272–1307 ) as a unit of 4 840 square yards. However, in northern and western England, and in Scotland and Ireland, the customary acre remained much larger. The Cheshire acre, for example, was about twice the size of the statute acre. In these parts it is often difficult to judge whether acres recorded in surveys , rentals , etc. refer to customary or...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics (5 ed.)

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2014

... An imperial unit of surface area, which is 4 840 square yards. This is the area of a furlong (220 yards) by a chain (22 yards) which used to be standard units of measurement in the UK. A square mile contains 640 acres. In the metric system a hectare is approximately 0.4 acre...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

...Acres of Diamonds A lecture said to have been given over 6000 times by the US Baptist minister, R.H. Conwell ( 1843–1925 ), in which he urged the acquisition of riches as a social duty. His assertion that 3900 of the then 4500 US millionaires were self-made men led to the growth of the ‘success story’ in US magazines. Bob Acres A coward is sometimes called ‘a regular Bob Acres’ after the character in Richard Brinsley Sheridan ’s comedy The Rivals ( 1775 ), whose courage always ‘oozed out at his fingers’ ends’. God’s acre See under god . Pedlar’s Acre...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
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49 words

... . Originally an approximate measure of land which a yoke of oxen could plough in a day, it was standardized by Edward I ( 1272–1307 ) as a unit of 4,840 square yards. However, in northern and western England, and in Scotland and Ireland, the customary acre remained much...

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A Dictionary of Agriculture and Land Management

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Current Version:
2019
Subject:
Social sciences
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56 words

... An imperial and US unit of measurement of land. Defined by the area of 1 chain (66 feet) by 1 furlong (660 feet). An increasingly more common unit of measurement on UK farms and in forestry is the metric hectare , which equates to approximately 2.47 acres. See also Appendix 1 (Metric–Imperial Conversion)...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Place Names (5 ed.)

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2019

...Acre , Brazil, Israel 1. Brazil: a state named after the River Acre, formerly the Aquiri. Disputed territory, it became part of Bolivia in 1866 before being transferred to Brazil in 1903 under the terms of the Treaty of Petrópolis. 2. Israel: the city has had several names including Accho, Ptolemais, and St Jean d’Acre. The name may be derived from a Hebrew word for ‘enclosed’, given its position at the northern end of the Bay of Haifa. The Old Testament name was Accho. The city was conquered in 336 bc by Alexander III the Great and by Ptolemy...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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153 words

... ( Akko ) Ancient port on the eastern Mediterranean shore. It was lost by *Byzantium to Chosroes II in 614 , briefly regained, and lost to the Arabs in 638 . Conquered in 1104 during the First *Crusade , it throve as St Jean d’Acre. Captured by *Saladin in 1187 , it was besieged in 1189 by the deposed king of *Jerusalem , *Guy of Lusignan , whose forces were then surrounded by the *Ayyubids . The drawn-out battle became a cause célèbre in the Latin West, the object of *Richard I and *Philip II Augustus ’s Third Crusade. After the...

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A Dictionary of Weights, Measures, and Units

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2004

... [Lat: ‘field’] area . Symbol ac. BI , US-C , Australia , Canada , New Zealand , etc. For land measure (originally the area that could be worked by an animal team in a day) = 4 840 yd 2 (0.404 685∼ ha) = 1 / 640 mi 2 . The area of a chain by a furlong, and of a square with sides of 69.570 11∼ yd (= 22 × yd). See Table 1. Table 1 BI, US-C, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, etc. SI US-C ft 2 272.25 sq. rod … … … 25.3∼ m 2 30.25 yd 2 10 890 40 rood … … 0.101∼ ha 1 210 yd 2 43 560 160 4 acre … 0.405∼ ha 4 840 yd 2 640 sq. mile 259.∼ ha 640...

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Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
519 words

... nobles led by the Ibelins, and managed the government of the town for ten years. These divisions were all the more dangerous for Acre since the Mamluks , installed in Egypt from 1250 , began to lead an offensive jihād against the Franks after 1265 . The fall of Acre on 18 May 1291 was the culmination of this Muslim reconquest and put an end to two centuries of Latin presence in Syria-Palestine . In the Mamluk period, Acre was no more than a ruined town: not until the mid 18th c. was it rebuilt. M. Benvenisti , The Crusaders in the Holy Land ,...

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016

... measures area, not length. To put it differently, acre is a square, not a linear, measure. But the word is sometimes misused as if it referred to length—e.g.: “There were about 1,500 people buried at the Hardin Cemetery, once a pristine landscape nine acres across [read of nine acres ] and now a muddy lake where minnows and snapping turtles live alongside broken headstones and toppled graves.” Isabel Wilkerson , “Cruel Flood: It Tore at Graves, and at Hearts,” N.Y. Times , 26 Aug. 1993 , at...

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A Dictionary of Ecology (5 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015

... A unit of area, the British statute acre being equal to 0.4047 ha (4840 square yards or 10 square chains ). Originally, unenclosed land and later enclosed, cultivated land; as a measure, probably the area that could be ploughed in a day by a yoke of oxen (and therefore varying according to the type of soil). In Britain, historically a woodland acre varied from forest to forest, but was always larger than the statute measure. Assarts were surveyed at the statute...

Odo(v)acer

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The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Classical studies
Length:
33 words

...acer Follower of Attila and first barbarian king of Italy, ad 476–93; see fall of Rome . He deposed the last Roman emperor, Romulus Augustulus , and was himself overthrown by Theoderic and...

acre⋅foot

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A Dictionary of Weights, Measures, and Units

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2004

...⋅foot (usually, but improperly, acre-foot ) volume . For irrigation water, the volume of 1 ft × 1 ac = 43 560 ft 3 (1 233.482∼ m 3 , 325 851.∼ US...

acre⋅inch

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A Dictionary of Weights, Measures, and Units

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Current Version:
2004

...⋅inch (usually, but improperly, acre-inch ) volume . For irrigation water, the volume of 1 in × 1 ac = 3 630 ft 3 (102.790 2∼ m 3 , 27 154.∼ US...

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