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A measure of area, especially of land. The area of an acre is not standardized; an American acre is slightly larger than an international acre. It is roughly 4,840 square yards. Historically, an acre is said to be an approximation of the land a single ox could plough in a day. It is often used in real estate transactions.


Historically, the amount of land a yoke of oxen could plow in one day;today,a quantity of land containing 43,560 square feet.An acre can be any shape.Especially in the case of commercial properties,land values are usually expressed in terms of price per square foot rather then price per acre.

Example:  If you know that a 16-acre parcel recently sold for $10,000,000, you calculate the price per foot as follows:

16 acres      43,560 square feet per acre       696,960 square feet

$10,000,000     696,960 feet     $14.35 per square foot

References in classic literature ?
Yes, there were about eleven acres in the vineyard--wine grapes.
Next, he demonstrated how crazy he really was, by deeding over to his family, unsolicited, the ten acres on Tarwater Flat, the house, barn, outbuildings, and water-rights.
The first time he had lifted the chant of "Like Argus of the Ancient Times," had been in 1849, when, twenty-two years' of age, violently attacked by the Californian fever, he had sold two hundred and forty Michigan acres, forty of it cleared, for the price of four yoke of oxen, and a wagon, and had started across the Plains.
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Agriculture officials said farmers would remain engaged with cotton sowing activity till the end of June or extend into first week of July on way to achieving six million acre sowing target in Punjab.
The property is an 18,000 s/f, 25-room residential masterpiece with ocean views situated on 25 acres of land.
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5 million acres from the Pentland Firth to Perthshire - half the Highlands.
If Schlicher were to sell four 10-acre plots, over, say, a two-year period, from the 43 1/2 acres that qualified as residential use, the Sec.
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The DWP has little interest in selling the vast tracks of ranch land, now being leased in some cases for little more than $1 per acre annually, saying the department needs to be able to control how its watershed is managed.