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yard

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noun \ˈyärd\

Definition of yard

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

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

  3. 3a :  an enclosure for livestock (such 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 and Etymology 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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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: such asa :  a unit of length equal in the U.S. to 0.9144 meter — see weight tableb :  a unit of volume equal to a cubic yard

  2. 2a :  a great length or quantity remembered yards of facts and figuresb 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 and Etymology 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

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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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