Definitions for: Yard


[n] an enclosure for animals (as chicken or livestock)
[n] a long horizontal spar tapered at the end and used to support and spread a square sail or lateen
[n] the enclosed land around a house or other building; "it was a small house with almost no yard"
[n] an area having a network of railway tracks and sidings for storage and maintenance of cars and engines
[n] a tract of land enclosed for particular activities (sometimes paved and usually associated with buildings); "they opened a repair yard on the edge of town"
[n] a unit of volume (as for sand or gravel)
[n] a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride
[n] the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100



Webster (1913) Definition: Yard, n. (Zo["o]l.)
A place where moose or deer herd together in winter for
pasture, protection, etc.


Yard, n. [OE. yerd, AS. gierd, gyrd, a rod, stick, a
measure, a yard; akin to OFries. ierde, OS. gerda, D. garde,
G. gerte, OHG. gartia, gerta, gart, Icel. gaddr a goad,
sting, Goth. gazds, and probably to L. hasta a spear. Cf.
Gad, n., Gird, n., Gride, v. i., Hastate.]
1. A rod; a stick; a staff. [Obs.] --P. Plowman.

If men smote it with a yerde. --Chaucer.

2. A branch; a twig. [Obs.]

The bitter frosts with the sleet and rain Destroyed
hath the green in every yerd. --Chaucer.

3. A long piece of timber, as a rafter, etc. [Obs.]

4. A measure of length, equaling three feet, or thirty-six
inches, being the standard of English and American
measure.

5. The penis.

6. (Naut.) A long piece of timber, nearly cylindrical,
tapering toward the ends, and designed to support and
extend a square sail. A yard is usually hung by the center
to the mast. See Illust. of Ship.

Golden Yard, or Yard and Ell (Astron.), a popular name of
the three stars in the belt of Orion.

Under yard [i. e., under the rod], under contract. [Obs.]
--Chaucer.


Yard, n. [OE. yard, yerd, AS. geard; akin to OFries.
garda garden, OS. gardo garden, gard yard, D. gaard garden,
G. garten, OHG. garto garden, gari inclosure, Icel. gar[eth]r
yard, house, Sw. g[*a]rd, Dan. gaard, Goth. gards a house,
garda sheepfold, L. hortus garden, Gr. cho`rtos an inclosure.
Cf. Court, Garden, Garth, Horticulture, Orchard.]
1. An inclosure; usually, a small inclosed place in front of,
or around, a house or barn; as, a courtyard; a cowyard; a
barnyard.

A yard . . . inclosed all about with sticks In which
she had a cock, hight chanticleer. --Chaucer.

2. An inclosure within which any work or business is carried
on; as, a dockyard; a shipyard.

Liberty of the yard, a liberty, granted to persons
imprisoned for debt, of walking in the yard, or within any
other limits prescribed by law, on their giving bond not
to go beyond those limits.

Prison yard, an inclosure about a prison, or attached to
it.

Yard grass (Bot.), a low-growing grass (Eleusine Indica)
having digitate spikes. It is common in dooryards, and
like places, especially in the Southern United States.
Called also crab grass.

Yard of land. See Yardland.


Yard, v. t.
To confine (cattle) to the yard; to shut up, or keep, in a
yard; as, to yard cows.

Synonyms: 1000, chiliad, cubic yard, curtilage, G, grand, grounds, K, M, one thousand, pace, railway yard, thou, thousand

See Also: backyard, barnyard, capacity measure, capacity unit, chain, chicken run, chicken yard, churchyard, court, courtyard, cubage unit, cubature unit, cubic content unit, cubic measure, displacement unit, dooryard, enclosure, farmyard, fathom, field, foot, fowl run, front yard, ft, fthm, garden, God's acre, henyard, junkyard, large integer, lea, linear unit, main yard, marshalling yard, parcel, parcel, parcel of land, parcel of land, perch, piece of ground, piece of ground, piece of land, piece of land, playground, pole, rod, sailing ship, sailing vessel, schoolyard, side yard, spar, stockyard, tiltyard, tract, tract, volume unit, yardarm

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