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English Dictionary: yard by the DICT Development Group
5 results for yard
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride
    Synonym(s): yard, pace
  2. the enclosed land around a house or other building; "it was a small house with almost no yard"
    Synonym(s): yard, grounds, curtilage
  3. a tract of land enclosed for particular activities (sometimes paved and usually associated with buildings); "they opened a repair yard on the edge of town"
  4. the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100
    Synonym(s): thousand, one thousand, 1000, M, K, chiliad, G, grand, thou, yard
  5. a unit of volume (as for sand or gravel)
    Synonym(s): cubic yard, yard
  6. a tract of land where logs are accumulated
  7. an area having a network of railway tracks and sidings for storage and maintenance of cars and engines
    Synonym(s): yard, railway yard, railyard
  8. a long horizontal spar tapered at the end and used to support and spread a square sail or lateen
  9. an enclosure for animals (as chicken or livestock)
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Yard \Yard\, v. t.
      To confine (cattle) to the yard; to shut up, or keep, in a
      yard; as, to yard cows.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Yard \Yard\, n. [OE. yard, yerd, AS. geard; akin to OFries.
      garda garden, OS. gardo garden, gard yard, D. gaard garden,
      G. garten, OHG. garto garden, gari inclosure, Icel. gar[edh]r
      yard, house, Sw. g[86]rd, Dan. gaard, Goth. gards a house,
      garda sheepfold, L. hortus garden, Gr. cho`rtos an inclosure.
      Cf. {Court}, {Garden}, {Garth}, {Horticulture}, {Orchard}.]
      1. An inclosure; usually, a small inclosed place in front of,
            or around, a house or barn; as, a courtyard; a cowyard; a
                     A yard . . . inclosed all about with sticks In which
                     she had a cock, hight chanticleer.      --Chaucer.
      2. An inclosure within which any work or business is carried
            on; as, a dockyard; a shipyard.
      {Liberty of the yard}, a liberty, granted to persons
            imprisoned for debt, of walking in the yard, or within any
            other limits prescribed by law, on their giving bond not
            to go beyond those limits.
      {Prison yard}, an inclosure about a prison, or attached to
      {Yard grass} (Bot.), a low-growing grass ({Eleusine Indica})
            having digitate spikes. It is common in dooryards, and
            like places, especially in the Southern United States.
            Called also {crab grass}.
      {Yard of land}. See {Yardland}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Yard \Yard\, n. [OE. yerd, AS. gierd, gyrd, a rod, stick, a
      measure, a yard; akin to OFries. ierde, OS. gerda, D. garde,
      G. gerte, OHG. gartia, gerta, gart, Icel. gaddr a goad,
      sting, Goth. gazds, and probably to L. hasta a spear. Cf.
      {Gad}, n., {Gird}, n., {Gride}, v. i., {Hastate}.]
      1. A rod; a stick; a staff. [Obs.] --P. Plowman.
                     If men smote it with a yerde.            --Chaucer.
      2. A branch; a twig. [Obs.]
                     The bitter frosts with the sleet and rain Destroyed
                     hath the green in every yerd.            --Chaucer.
      3. A long piece of timber, as a rafter, etc. [Obs.]
      4. A measure of length, equaling three feet, or thirty-six
            inches, being the standard of English and American
      5. The penis.
      6. (Naut.) A long piece of timber, nearly cylindrical,
            tapering toward the ends, and designed to support and
            extend a square sail. A yard is usually hung by the center
            to the mast. See Illust. of {Ship}.
      {Golden Yard}, or {Yard and Ell} (Astron.), a popular name of
            the three stars in the belt of Orion.
      {Under yard} [i. e., under the rod], under contract. [Obs.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Yard \Yard\, n. (Zo[94]l.)
      A place where moose or deer herd together in winter for
      pasture, protection, etc.
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