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yard

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noun \ˈyärd\

Definition of yard

  1. 1 a :  a small usually walled and often paved area open to the sky and adjacent to a building :  court b :  the grounds of a building or group of buildings

  2. 2 :  the grounds immediately surrounding a house that are usually covered with grass

  3. 3 a :  an enclosure for livestock (as poultry) b (1) :  an area with its buildings and facilities set aside for a particular business or activity (2) :  an assembly or storage area (as for dry-docked boats) c :  a system of tracks for storage and maintenance of cars and making up trains

  4. 4 :  a locality in a forest where deer herd in winter



Origin of yard

Middle English, from Old English geard enclosure, yard; akin to Old High German gart enclosure, Latin hortus garden


First Known Use: before 12th century

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Rhymes with yard


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yard

adjective

Definition of yard

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or employed in the yard surrounding a building <yard light>

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or employed in a railroad yard <a yard engine>



15th Century

First Known Use of yard

15th century

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yard

verb

Definition of yard

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to drive into or confine in a restricted area :  herd, pen

  3. 2 :  to deliver to or store in a yard

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to congregate in or as if in a yard



1758

First Known Use of yard

1758


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yard

noun

Definition of yard

  1. 1 :  any of various units of measure: as a :  a unit of length equal in the United States to 0.9144 meter — see weight table b :  a unit of volume equal to a cubic yard

  2. 2 a :  a great length or quantity <remembered yards of facts and figures> b slang :  one hundred dollars

  3. 3 :  a long spar tapered toward the ends to support and spread the head of a square sail, lateen, or lugsail

  4. 4 :  a slender glass about three feet tall having a flared opening and a bulbous bottom; also :  the amount it contains <a yard of ale>

the whole nine yards
  1. :  all of a related set of circumstances, conditions, or details <who could learn the most about making records, about electronics and engineering, the whole nine yards — Stephen Stills> —sometimes used adverbially with go to indicate an all-out effort



Origin of yard

Middle English yarde, from Old English gierd twig, measure, yard; akin to Old High German gart stick, Latin hasta spear


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Weights and Measures Terms



YARD Defined for Kids

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yard

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noun \ˈyärd\

Definition of yard for Students

  1. 1 :  an outdoor area next to a building that is often bordered (as by shrubs or fences) <Children played in the yard.>

  2. 2 :  the grounds of a building <a prison yard>

  3. 3 :  a fenced area for livestock <a chicken yard>

  4. 4 :  an area set aside for a business or activity <a navy yard>

  5. 5 :  a system of railroad tracks especially for keeping and repairing cars




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yard

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noun

Definition of yard for Students

  1. 1 :  a measure of length equal to three feet or 36 inches (about 0.91 meter)

  2. 2 :  a long pole pointed toward the ends that holds up and spreads the top of a sail





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