Definition of yard
What does the word yard mean?
part of speech: noun, transitive verb
Piece of enclosed ground, especially one surrounded by or attached to building (s) or used for some manufacturing or other purpose often specified by combination with another word (CHURCH, COURT, DOCK, FARM, KALE, RICK, TIMBER, -y., VINEYARD; brick-y., where bricks are made; cab-y., where cabs are kept; railway-y., space near station where rolling-stock is kept, trains made up, &c.; stock-y., where cattle are penned; tan-y., tanning-ground); y.-man, -master, man working in, manager of, railway-y. (Vb) put (cattle) into stock-y., so yardage (4) n. [old English]
part of speech: noun
The unit of long measure, = 3 ft, 36 in., or 1/1760 mile (abbr. yd; 100 yy., esp. flatrace distance; square, cubic, y.); y.-length of material (5 yy., a y. -&-a-half, of cloth); cylindrical spar tapering to each end slung horizontally (square y.) or slantwise (lateen y.) across mast to support sail (lower, topsail-, topgallant-, royal, y., according to sail supported; man the yy., place men, stand, along yy. as form of salute); (archaic) penis; y.-arm, either end of sail-y.; y.-measure, rod, tape, &c., a y. long& usu. divided into feet, inches, & quarters or fifths; y.-stick, -wand, rigid y.-measure. [old English]