What does yard mean?

Definitions for yard

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word yard.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yard, pacenoun

    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, curtilagenoun

    the enclosed land around a house or other building

    "it was a small house with almost no yard"

  3. yardnoun

    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, yardnoun

    the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100

  5. cubic yard, yardnoun

    a unit of volume (as for sand or gravel)

  6. yardnoun

    a tract of land where logs are accumulated

  7. yard, railway yard, railyardnoun

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

  8. yardnoun

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

  9. yardnoun

    an enclosure for animals (as chicken or livestock)


  1. Yardnoun


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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Yardnoun

    Etymology: geard , Saxon.

    One of the lions leaped down into a neighbour’s yard, where, nothing regarding the crowing of the cocks, he eat them up. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Xanthus one day sent Æsop into the yard, and bade him look well about him. Roger L'Estrange.

    His wanton kids with budding horns prepar’d,
    Fight harmless battles in his homely yard. Dryden.

    A peer, a counsellor, and a judge, are not to be measured by the common yard, but by the pole of special grace. Francis Bacon.

    The arms, spread cross in a straight line, and measured from one end of the long finger on one hand, to that of the other; made a measure equal to the stature, and is named a fathom. Half of that, viz. from the end of the long finger of either arm, so spread, to the middle of the breast is, with us, called a yard. William Holder, on Time.

    An aqueduct of a Gothick structure, that conveys water from mount St. Francis to Spoletto, from the foundation of the lowest arch to the top, is two hundred and thirty yards. Add.

    A breeze from shore began to blow;
    The sailors ship their oars, and cease to row;
    Then hoist their yards a-trip, and all their sails
    Let fall to court the wind. Dryden.


  1. Yard

    The yard (symbol: yd) is an English unit of length in both the British imperial and US customary systems of measurement equalling 3 feet or 36 inches. Since 1959 it has been by international agreement standardized as exactly 0.9144 meter. A distance of 1,760 yards is equal to 1 mile. The US survey yard is very slightly longer.


  1. yard

    A yard is a unit of length in the imperial system primarily used in the United States, United Kingdom and other countries that do not commonly use the metric system. It is equivalent to 3 feet, 36 inches, or approximately 0.9144 meters. Additionally, "yard" can also refer to an open area around a house or other building, often covered with grass or plants. The enclosed area may be used for various activities like gardening or outdoor games.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yardverb

    a rod; a stick; a staff

  2. Yardverb

    a branch; a twig

  3. Yardverb

    a long piece of timber, as a rafter, etc

  4. Yardverb

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

  5. Yardverb

    the penis

  6. Yardverb

    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. Yardnoun

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

  8. Yardnoun

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

  9. Yardverb

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

  10. Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. yard

    A measure of length, consisting of 3 feet.

  2. yard

    [Anglo-Saxon gyrde]. A long cylindrical timber suspended upon the mast of a vessel to spread a sail. They are termed square, lateen, or lug: the first are suspended across the masts at right angles, and the two latter obliquely. The square yards taper from the middle, which is called the slings, towards the extremities, which are termed the yard-arms; and the distance between is divided by the artificers into quarters, called the first, second, third quarters, and yard-arms. The middle quarters are formed into eight sides, and each of the end parts is figured like the frustum of a cone: on the alternate sides of the octagon, in large spars, oak battens are brought on and hooped, so as to strengthen, and yet not greatly increase, the weight.--To brace the yards. To traverse them about the masts, so as to form greater or lesser angles with the ship's length. (See BRACE.)--To square the yards. (See SQUARE.)

Suggested Resources

  1. YARD

    What does YARD stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the YARD acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

  2. Yard

    Yard vs. Yardstick -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Yard and Yardstick.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. YARD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Yard is ranked #17159 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Yard surname appeared 1,651 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Yard.

    74.2% or 1,225 total occurrences were White.
    16.2% or 268 total occurrences were Black.
    7% or 117 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.2% or 21 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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

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  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

Examples of yard in a Sentence

  1. Rickie Ricardo:

    Merrill didn’t want to go to FedEx Field, which is a dump, you’re in the corner of the end zone under the overhang, and you can’t tell what’s going on because you’re so low, you can’t see the yard lines. It’s impossible.

  2. Rosemary Vernon:

    As soon as I see them digging out in my front yard and laying pipe and I go out there and watch and see what they do, then I'll believe them.

  3. Lindsey Graham:

    We need to keep our troops there, they're inside the 10-yard line in defeating ISIS, but we're not there yet. If we leave now, the Kurds are going to get slaughtered.

  4. Fred Allen:

    If the grass is greener in the other fellow's yard - let him worry about cutting it.

  5. Bob Webb:

    ' You'll do a lot better here with the grandkids. You can play games. There's a big yard. You can do some gardening,'.

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