What is an acre?

What is an acre? Here are some definitions.

  1. (obsolete) A field.
  2. An English unit of land area (symbol: a. or ac.) originally denoting a day's plowing for a yoke of oxen, now standardized as 4,840 square yards or 4,046.86 square meters.
  3. Similar units of area in other systems.
  4. (plural) A wide expanse.
  5. (plural) A large quantity.
  6. (obsolete) The acre's breadth by the length, English units of length equal to the statute dimensions of the acre: 22 yds (≈20 m) by 220 yrds (≈200 m).
  7. (obsolete) A duel fought between individual Scots and Englishmen in the borderlands.
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