junk·​yard | \ ˈjəŋk-ˌyärd How to pronounce junkyard (audio) \

Definition of junkyard

: a yard used to store sometimes resalable junk

Examples of junkyard in a Sentence

The car was hauled off to the junkyard.
Recent Examples on the Web The researchers took seven circuit boards from a junkyard and put them in an acid bath to leach out the metals. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "New polymer easily captures gold extracted from e-waste," 28 June 2020 When most cars are taken to a junkyard today, they are crushed and shredded. Levi Tillemann, Wired, "Tesla’s Cybertruck Could Be Ripped, Mean, and Super Green," 4 June 2020 Yonkes, Chicano slang for junkyards, and other blight-causing operations proliferated, resulting not only in the loss of residential structures but in harmful environmental degradation. Eduardo Díaz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Years Ago, Fed Up With the City’s Neglect, a San Diego Community Rose Up to Create Chicano Park," 28 Apr. 2020 Barrio Logan, cut in half, then halved again, was now riddled with junkyards. Daniel Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, "Chicano Park 50 years later: Coronavirus delays celebration but historic moment still matters," 24 Apr. 2020 But Sunday, Carr was Carr and Rodgers was Rodgers, and the junkyard Raiders were chasing cars on the interstate. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Junkyard dog Raiders bite themselves on the foot," 20 Oct. 2019 Women cook tortillas and rice on wood-fire grills situated on blocks of stone or bricks or atop washing-machine drums salvaged from junkyards and employed as braziers. Los Angeles Times, "Aid workers seek to avoid coronavirus outbreak at Matamoros migrant camp," 5 Apr. 2020 Once Tempe filled the riverbed to create Tempe Town Lake and surrounded it with parks and high-rise developments, the junkyard became a prime piece of real estate. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "After years of court battles, Tempe 'squatter' preparing to vacate junkyard land worth nearly $2 million," 9 Mar. 2020 With the spring thaw, Furkan gets busy collecting parts from junkyard cars for an ambitious spaceship-building project that increasingly feels choreographed by the filmmakers. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Wake Up on Mars': Film Review | Tribeca 2020," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of junkyard

1869, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jul 2020

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“Junkyard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junkyard. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of junkyard

: a place where you can buy, sell, or leave junk

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