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A rood (/ˈrd/) is a historic English and international inch-pound measure of area, as well as an archaic English measure of length.

Etymology

Rood is an archaic word for "pole", from Old English rōd "pole", specifically "cross", from Proto-Germanic *rodo, cognate to Old Saxon rōda, Old High German ruoda "rod";[1] the relation of rood to rod, from Old English rodd "pole", is unclear; the latter was perhaps influenced by Old Norse rudda "club".

Measurement of area

Comparison of 1 rood (unit) with some Imperial and metric units of area

Rood is an English unit of area, equal to one quarter of an acre[2] or 10,890 square feet (1,012 m2). A rectangle that is one furlong (i.e. 10 chains, or 40 rods) in length and one rod in width is one rood in area, as is any space comprising 40 perches (a perch being one square rod). The rood was an important measure in surveying on account of its easy conversion to acres. When referring to areas, rod is often found in old documents and has exactly the same meaning as rood.[3]

Linear measure

A rood is also an obsolete British unit of linear measure between 16 12 and 24 feet (5.0–7.3 m). It is related to the German Rute and the Danish rode.[4][5] The original OED of 1914 said this sense was "now only in local use, and varying from 6 to 8 yards" (or 18 to 24 ft, "Rood", II.7).

See also

References

  1. ^ OED, "Rood"
  2. ^ Kinne, William (1829). A short system of practical arithmetic: compiled from the best authorities [etc.]. Glazier, Masters & Co. p. 29..mw-parser-output cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Lock-green.svg/9px-Lock-green.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-gray-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-red-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  3. ^ A catalogue of old documents with many areas quoted in acres, rods, and perches, including this one, as recent as 1907.
  4. ^ Klein, Herbert Arthur (2012). The Science of Measurement: A Historical Survey. Courier Corporation. p. 66. ISBN 978-0-486-14497-9.
  5. ^ Klein, H. Arthur (1974). The world of measurements: masterpieces, mysteries and muddles of metrology. Simon & Schuster.

1 Annotation

Bill  •  Link

ROOD, a quantity of land equal to forty perches, or the fourth part of an acre.
---A New and Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. 1764.

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