Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    An allotment of land to a single family, varying from 60 to 120 acres; land tillable with one plough.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In old English law. A measure of land, being as much as could be worked with one plow. It is variously estimated at from 60 to 100 acres, but was probably determined by local usage. Another meaning was as much land as would support one family or the dwellers in a mansion-house. Also a house; a dwelling-house.
    —Hide and gain. In English law. A term anciently applied to arable land. Co. Litt. 85b.
    —Hide lands. In Saxon law. Lands belonging to a hide; that is, a house or mansion. Spelman.