What does virgate mean?

Definitions for virgateˈvɜr gɪt, -geɪt

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  1. virgate(Noun)

    An early English measure of land of about 30 acres.

  2. virgate(Adjective)

    Shaped like a rod; straight, long and thin.

  3. virgate(Adjective)

    finely striped, often with dark fibers.

  4. Origin: From virgātus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Virgate(adj)

    having the form of a straight rod; wand-shaped; straight and slender

  2. Virgate(noun)

    a yardland, or measure of land varying from fifteen to forty acres

  3. Origin: [LL. virgata, virgata terrae, so much land as virga terrae, a land measure, contains, fr. L. virga a twig, rod.]


  1. Virgate

    The virgate or yardland was a unit of land area measurement used in medieval England, typically outside the Danelaw, and was held to be the amount of land that a team of two oxen could plough in a single annual season. It was equivalent to a quarter of a hide, so was nominally thirty acres. A ‘virgater’ would thus be a peasant who occupied or worked this area of land, and a ‘half virgater’ would be a person who occupied or worked about 15 acres. The Danelaw equivalent of a virgate was two oxgangs, or ‘bovates’: as these names imply, the oxgang or bovate was considered to represent the amount of land that could be worked in a single annual season by a single ox, and therefore equated to half a virgate. As such, the oxgang represented a parallel division of the carucate. Accordingly, a 'bovater' is the Danelaw equivalent of a half virgater. ‘Virgate’ is an anglicisation of the Medieval Latin virgata. In some parts of England, it was divided into four nooks. Nooks were occasionally further divided into a farundel.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Virgate

    vėr′gāt, adj. like a wand or rod: slender, straight.—n. an old English measure of surface. [L. virga, a rod.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of virgate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of virgate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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