stock·​yard | \ ˈstäk-ˌyärd \

Definition of stockyard

: a yard for stock specifically : one in which transient cattle, sheep, swine, or horses are kept temporarily for slaughter, market, or shipping

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Where there are now hulking brick warehouses, predominantly in the Missouri River-adjacent West Bottoms neighborhood, there were once acres of stockyards; the corporatized remnants of a prairie past. Marley Marius, Vogue, "A Guide to Kansas City, Missouri: Its History, Its Culture, and Why It’s Worth a Closer Look," 23 Nov. 2018 Bundles of steel pipe being lifted at a stockyard on the outskirts of Shanghai on Thursday. WSJ, "U.S. Has Launched ‘Largest Trade War in Economic History,’ China Says," 6 July 2018 Back then, her stepfather bought live hogs from the stockyard and slaughtered and butchered them himself. Bob Carlton,, "Preserving a family barbecue tradition at Lannie's Bar-B-Q Spot in Selma," 23 Mar. 2018 The budget also would establish a series of new fees for agricultural interests, for marketing, inspection, health inspection, and a new packers and stockyards fee. Jamie Dupree,, "Trump 2019 budget proposal makes no headway on a balanced budget," 12 Feb. 2018 The plant’s location in the Armourdale district was selected for its proximity to the stockyards, which produced animal fat for use in making soap. Robert A. Cronkleton And Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Procter & Gamble will close Kansas City, Kan., plant | The Kansas City Star," 7 Feb. 2018 The Armourdale location at 19th Street and Kansas Avenue was selected for its proximity to the stockyards, which produced animal fats used in soap making. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Procter & Gamble's Kansas City, Kan., plant has long history | The Kansas City Star," 7 Feb. 2018 The City of Big Shoulders, of stockyards and steel, increasingly caters to people who work on their laptops instead of with their hands. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Booze / Food & Drink / News Fret not about Don’t Fret’s pop-up bar. It doesn’t exploit Chicago dive bar culture.," 25 Jan. 2018 This little neighborhood has been a 17th-century rural seat, an 18th-century shipbuilding site, a 19th-century industrial center with stockyards, breweries and tenements, and a 20th-century gathering place for writers, musicians and artists. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Turtle Bay, Manhattan: The Convenience of Midtown, at a Relatively Affordable Price," 10 Jan. 2018

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1756, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stockyard

chiefly US : an enclosed area where farms animals (such as cattle) are kept so they can be slaughtered, sold, or shipped


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Kids Definition of stockyard

: a yard for keeping livestock about to be slaughtered or shipped

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