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1. Hist. The amount of land that gave rise to the obligation of knight-service. * The amount varied from less than a hide to more than six hides.
n. (bef. 12c)
1. English law. In England, a measure of land consisting in as much as could be worked with one plow, variously estimated as from 30 to 120 acres but probably determined by local usage. * A hide was anciently employed as a unit of taxation. Cf. CARUCATE.
2. As much land as would support one family or the dwellers in a mansion-house. — aka (both definitions) hide land.
3. A house; a dwelling-house. 
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