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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Yard \Yard\, noun [OE. yard, yerd, AS. geard; akin to OFries. garda garden, OS. gardo garden, gard yard, D. gaard garden, G. garten, OHG. garto garden, gari inclosure, Icel. gar[eth]r yard, house, Sw. g[*a]rd, Dan. gaard, Goth. gards a house, garda sheepfold, L. hortus garden, Gr. cho'rtos an inclosure. Cf. {Court}, {Garden}, {Garth}, {Horticulture}, {Orchard}.]

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

A yard . . . inclosed all about with sticks In which she had a cock, hight chanticleer. --Chaucer.

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

{Liberty of the yard}, a liberty, granted to persons imprisoned for debt, of walking in the yard, or within any other limits prescribed by law, on their giving bond not to go beyond those limits.

{Prison yard}, an inclosure about a prison, or attached to it.

{Yard grass} (Bot.), a low-growing grass ({Eleusine Indica}) having digitate spikes. It is common in dooryards, and like places, especially in the Southern United States. Called also {crab grass}.

{Yard of land}. See {Yardland}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Yard \Yard\, noun [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}, noun, {Gird}, noun, {Gride}, verb (used without an object), {Hastate}.]

1. A rod; a stick; a staff. [Obs.] --P. Plowman.

If men smote it with a yerde. --Chaucer.

2. A branch; a twig. [Obs.]

The bitter frosts with the sleet and rain Destroyed hath the green in every yerd. --Chaucer.

3. A long piece of timber, as a rafter, etc. [Obs.]

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

5. The penis.

6. (Naut.) 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. (Zool.) A place where moose or deer herd together in winter for pasture, protection, etc. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Golden Yard}, or {Yard and Ell} (Astron.), a popular name of the three stars in the belt of Orion.

{Under yard} [i. e., under the rod], under contract. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Yard \Yard\, verb (used with an object) To confine (cattle) to the yard; to shut up, or keep, in a yard; as, to yard cows.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

yard

noun

1: a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride [syn: {yard}, {pace}]

2: the enclosed land around a house or other building; "it was a small house with almost no yard" [syn: {yard}, {grounds}, {curtilage}]

3: 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: the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100 [syn: {thousand}, {one thousand}, {1000}, {M}, {K}, {chiliad}, {G}, {grand}, {thou}, {yard}]

5: a unit of volume (as for sand or gravel) [syn: {cubic yard}, {yard}]

6: a tract of land where logs are accumulated

7: an area having a network of railway tracks and sidings for storage and maintenance of cars and engines [syn: {yard}, {railway yard}, {railyard}]

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

9: an enclosure for animals (as chicken or livestock)


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