see also: Yard
Pronunciation Noun

yard (plural yards)

  1. A small, usually uncultivated area adjoining or (now especially) within the precincts of a house or other building.
  2. (US, Canada, Australia) The property surrounding one's house, typically dominated by one's lawn.
    Synonyms: garden
  3. An enclosed area designated for a specific purpose, e.g. on farms, railways etc.
  4. A place where moose or deer herd together in winter for pasture, protection, etc.
  5. (Jamaica) One’s house or home.
Translations Verb

yard (yards, present participle yarding; past and past participle yarded)

  1. (transitive) To confine to a yard.

yard (plural yards)

  1. A unit of length equal to 3 feet in the US customary and British imperial systems of measurement, equal to precisely 0.9144 m since 1959 (US) or 1963 (UK).
  2. Units of similar composition or length in other systems.
  3. (nautical) Any spar carried aloft.
    1. (nautical) A long tapered timber hung on a mast to which is bend#Verb|bent a sail, and may be further qualified as a square, lateen, or lug yard. The first is hung at right angles to the mast, the latter two hang obliquely.
  4. (obsolete) A branch, twig, or shoot.
  5. (obsolete) A staff, rod, or stick.
  6. (obsolete, medical) A penis.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 12, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      there were some people found who tooke pleasure to unhood the end of their yard, and to cut off the fore-skinne after the manner of the Mahometans and Jewes […].
  7. (US, slang, uncommon) 100 dollars.
  8. (obsolete) The yardland, an obsolete English unit of land roughly understood as 30 acres.
    • ante 1634 W. Noye, The Complete Lawyer, 57:
      You must note, that two Fardells of Land make a Nooke of Land, and two Nookes make halfe a Yard of Land.
  9. (obsolete) The rod, a surveying unit of (once) 15 or (now) frac 16 feet.
  10. (obsolete) The rood, area bound by a square rod, frac 1 acre.
  • (arm length) See ell
  • ($100) See hundred
  • (surveying measure) See rod
  • (large unit of area) See virgate
  • (small unit of area) See rood
Translations Translations Translations Noun

yard (plural yards)

  1. (finance) 109, A short scale billion#English|billion; a long scale thousand millions or milliard.
    I need to hedge a yard of yen.

Proper noun
  1. Scotland Yard or New Scotland Yard
  2. (Jamaica) Jamaica
  3. (figurative, metonym) The Metropolitan Police Service
  • German: (der) Yard

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