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1yard

noun \ˈyärd\

Definition of YARD

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
:  the grounds immediately surrounding a house that are usually covered with grass
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
:  a locality in a forest where deer herd in winter
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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

Other Railroad Terms

cowcatcher, cupola, gauge, vestibule

Rhymes with YARD

2yard

adjective

Definition of YARD

1
:  of, relating to, or employed in the yard surrounding a building <yard light>
2
:  of, relating to, or employed in a railroad yard <a yard engine>

First Known Use of YARD

15th century

Other Railroad Terms

cowcatcher, cupola, gauge, vestibule, yard

3yard

verb

Definition of YARD

transitive verb
1
:  to drive into or confine in a restricted area :  herd, pen
2
:  to deliver to or store in a yard
intransitive verb
:  to congregate in or as if in a yard

First Known Use of YARD

1758

4yard

noun

Definition of YARD

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
a :  a great length or quantity <remembered yards of facts and figures>
b slang :  one hundred dollars
3
:  a long spar tapered toward the ends to support and spread the head of a square sail, lateen, or lugsail
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
:  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

avoirdupois weight, calorie, denier, kip, pace, twain
YARDS Defined for Kids

1yard

noun \ˈyärd\

Definition of YARD for Kids

1
:  an outdoor area next to a building that is often bordered (as by shrubs or fences) <Children played in the yard.>
2
:  the grounds of a building <a prison yard>
3
:  a fenced area for livestock <a chicken yard>
4
:  an area set aside for a business or activity <a navy yard>
5
:  a system of railroad tracks especially for keeping and repairing cars

2yard

noun

Definition of YARD for Kids

1
:  a measure of length equal to three feet or 36 inches (about 0.91 meter)
2
:  a long pole pointed toward the ends that holds up and spreads the top of a sail
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