What does yard mean?

Definitions for yard

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word yard.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yard, pace(noun)

    a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride

  2. yard, grounds, curtilage(noun)

    the enclosed land around a house or other building

    "it was a small house with almost no yard"

  3. yard(noun)

    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. thousand, one thousand, 1000, M, K, chiliad, G, grand, thou, yard(noun)

    the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100

  5. cubic yard, yard(noun)

    a unit of volume (as for sand or gravel)

  6. yard(noun)

    a tract of land where logs are accumulated

  7. yard, railway yard, railyard(noun)

    an area having a network of railway tracks and sidings for storage and maintenance of cars and engines

  8. yard(noun)

    a long horizontal spar tapered at the end and used to support and spread a square sail or lateen

  9. yard(noun)

    an enclosure for animals (as chicken or livestock)


  1. Yard(ProperNoun)


  2. Yard(ProperNoun)


  3. Origin: gerd, from West . Cognate with Dutch gard, German Gerte.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yard(verb)

    a rod; a stick; a staff

  2. Yard(verb)

    a branch; a twig

  3. Yard(verb)

    a long piece of timber, as a rafter, etc

  4. Yard(verb)

    a measure of length, equaling three feet, or thirty-six inches, being the standard of English and American measure

  5. Yard(verb)

    the penis

  6. Yard(verb)

    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

  7. Yard(noun)

    an inclosure; usually, a small inclosed place in front of, or around, a house or barn; as, a courtyard; a cowyard; a barnyard

  8. Yard(noun)

    an inclosure within which any work or business is carried on; as, a dockyard; a shipyard

  9. Yard(verb)

    to confine (cattle) to the yard; to shut up, or keep, in a yard; as, to yard cows

  10. Origin: [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. Yard

    A yard is a unit of length in several different systems including United States customary units, Imperial units and the former English units. It is equal to 3 feet or 36 inches. Under an agreement in 1959 between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States, the yard was legally defined to be exactly 0.9144 metres. Prior to that date, the legal definition of the yard when expressed in terms of metric units varied slightly from country to country.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Yard

    yärd, n. an English measure of 3 feet or 36 inches: a long beam on a mast for spreading square sails: the penis.—ns. Yard′-arm, either half of a ship's yard (right or left) from the centre to the end; Yard′stick, a stick 3 feet long, any standard of measurement—also Yard′wand. [A.S. gyrd, gierd, a rod, measure; Dut. garde, Ger. gerte; further conn. with Goth. gazds, a stick, L. hasta, a spear.]

  2. Yard

    yärd, n. an enclosed place, esp. near a building, as 'prison-yard,' or where any special work is carried on, as 'brick-yard,' 'wood-yard,' 'dock-yard,' 'navy-yard:' a garden.—v.t. to enclose in a yard.—ns. Yard′age, the use of a yard, or the charge made for such: the cutting of coal at so much per yard; Yard′-land, the amount of land held by a tenant in villeinage, in older English usage, varying from 15 to 40 acres; Yard′man, the person having special charge of a farm-yard: one employed in a railway-yard in making up trains, &c.; Yard′-mas′ter, one who has the special oversight of a railway-yard. [A.S. geard, hedge, enclosure; Ger. garten; conn. with L. hortus, Gr. chortos.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'yard' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3216

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'yard' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2093

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'yard' in Nouns Frequency: #675


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of yard in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of yard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Architect Gary Beyerl:

    It maintains color and character better than a natural yard.

  2. Julie Pizarro:

    You can see the yard is immaculate, the boy kept it that way.

  3. Henrik Enderlein:

    Instead of criticizing the ECB, Germany should be looking in its own back yard.

  4. Truman Capote:

    Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.

  5. Unknown:

    He who thinks by the inch and talks by the yard deserves to be kicked by the foot.

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