yard


yard
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[[t]yɑrd[/t]]
n.
1) wam
a) a unit of linear measure in English-speaking countries, equal to 3 feet or 36 inches (0.9144 meter)
b) a cubic yard:
a yard of topsoil[/ex]
2) naut. navig. a long spar, supported more or less at its center, to which the head of a square sail, lateen sail, or lugsail is bent
3) inf Informal. a large quantity or extent
4) sts Slang. one hundred or, usu., one thousand dollars
Etymology: bef. 900; OE gerd orig., staff, c. OS gerdia switch, OHG gart(e)a rod; akin to gad II II
yard
[[t]yɑrd[/t]] n.
1) the ground that immediately adjoins or surrounds a house, public building, etc
2) a courtyard
3) an outdoor enclosure for exercise, as by students or inmates
4) an outdoor space surrounded by a group of buildings, as on a college campus
5) an enclosure for livestock
6) an enclosure within which any work or business is carried on (often used in combination):
a lumberyard[/ex]
7) an outside area used for storage, assembly, etc
8) rai a system of parallel tracks, crossovers, switches, etc., where rail cars are made up into trains and where rolling stock is kept when not in use or when awaiting repairs
9) zool. the winter pasture or browsing ground of moose and deer
10) to put into, enclose, or store in a yard
Etymology: bef. 900; ME yerd, OE geard enclosure, c. OS gard, OHG gart, ON garthr, Go gards; akin to L hortus garden, OIr gort sowed field; cf. garden

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • yard — yard …   Dictionnaire des rimes

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  • Yard — 〈n.; s, s od. ; Abk.: yd.〉 engl. u. nordamerikanisches Längenmaß, 0,91 m [engl., „Gerte, Messrute“; verwandt mit Gerte] * * * Yard [engl.: jɑ:d ], das; s, s <aber: 4 Yard[s]> [engl. yard, eigtl. = Maßstab; Rute]: Längeneinheit in… …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • 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} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • yard — W2S2 [ja:d US ja:rd] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(measure)¦ 2¦(enclosed area)¦ 3¦(garden)¦ 4¦(back of house)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Sense: 1; Origin: Old English geard, gierd stick ] [Sense: 2 4; Origin: Old E …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • yard — Ⅰ. yard [1] ► NOUN 1) a unit of linear measure equal to 3 feet (0.9144 metre). 2) a square or cubic yard, especially of sand or other building materials. 3) a cylindrical spar slung across a ship s mast for a sail to hang from. ● by the yard Cf.… …   English terms dictionary

  • Yard — Yard, v. t. To confine (cattle) to the yard; to shut up, or keep, in a yard; as, to yard cows. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • yard — [ jard ] noun count *** 1. ) AMERICAN an area around a house that is used for sitting, playing, and growing plants in. British garden a ) an enclosed area around a large building where people can do activities outside: a school/prison yard b ) a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • yard — ‘enclosed area’ [OE] and yard ‘three feet’ [OE] are distinct words, both of ancient ancestry. The former probably goes back ultimately to Indo European *ghorto , which also produced Latin cohors ‘court’ (source of English cohort and court) and… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins