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Yard appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Draw no dray a yard onward.
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Definition of the noun yard

What does yard mean as a name of something?

Yard is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: yards

  1. a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of yard: pace
    • more generic terms: linear measure / linear unit = a unit of measurement of length
    • part of: perch / pole / rod = a linear measure of 16.5 feet; chain = a unit of length; lea = a unit of length of thread or yarn; fathom / fthm = a linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth
    • part: foot / ft = a linear unit of length equal to 12 inches or a third of a yard
  2. the enclosed land around a house or other building
    • example: it was a small house with almost no yard
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of yard: curtilage / grounds
    • more generic word: field = a piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed
    • more specific terms:
      • backyard = the grounds in back of a house
      • dooryard = a yard outside the front or rear door of a house
      • front yard = the yard in front of a house
      • garden = a yard or lawn adjoining a house
      • playground = yard consisting of an outdoor area for children's play
      • side yard = the grounds at either side of a house
  3. a tract of land enclosed for particular activities (sometimes paved and usually associated with buildings)
  4. the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100
  5. a unit of volume (as for sand or gravel)
  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
  8. a long horizontal spar tapered at the end and used to support and spread a square sail or lateen
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: spar = a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging
    • more specific term: main yard = yard for a square mainsail
    • part of: sailing ship / sailing vessel = a vessel that is powered by the wind
    • part: yardarm = either end of the yard of a square-rigged ship
  9. an enclosure for animals (as chicken or livestock)
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: enclosure = a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the noun yard


  1. A small, usually uncultivated area adjoining or (now especially) within the precincts of a house or other building.
  2. An enclosed area designated for a specific purpose, e.g. on farms, railways etc.
  3. [context: Jamaica] One’s house or home.
  4. [nautical] A long tapered timber hung on a mast to which is 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.
  5. [nautical] Any spar carried aloft.
  6. A staff, rod or stick.
  7. A unit of length equal to three feet (exactly 0.9144 metres in the US and UK).
  8. [US, slang] One-hundred dollars.
  9. [obsolete] A penis.
  10. [context: finance] 109, A short scale billion; a long scale thousand millions or milliard.

Specialised definition of the noun yard

Glossary of sports / equestrian

the stables, grounds and facilities owned by a trainer (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / sailing

a long beam suspended on a mast for spreading sails (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)


Who is Yard?

Yard a.k.a. Yardthip Rachapal is a Thai actress.


  1. "Yard" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  2. "YARD" is a musical album of StringerBessant.
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  1. Yard: A yard is a spar on a mast from which sails are set. It may be constructed of timber or steel or from more modern materials like aluminium or carbon fibre. Although some types of fore and aft rigs have yards, the term is usually used to describe the horizontal spars used on square rigged sails. In addition, for some decades after square sails were generally dispensed with, some yards were retained for deploying wireless aerials and signal flags.
  2. YARD, is an embedded documentation generator for the Ruby programming language. It analyzes the Ruby source code, generating a structured collection of pages for Ruby objects and methods. Code comments can be added in a natural style.
  3. Yard a.k.a. Yard of ale: A yard of ale or yard glass is a very tall beer glass used for drinking around 2 ¹⁄₂ imperial pints of beer, depending upon the diameter. The glass is approximately 1 yard long, shaped with a bulb at the bottom, and a widening shaft which constitutes most of the height.

Phrases with Yard

Phrases starting with the word Yard:

  1. yard bird
  2. yard line
  3. yard sale
  4. yard-long
  5. Yard-Sale
  6. yard goods
  7. yard grass

Phrases ending with the word Yard:

  1. Go Yard
  2. hen yard
  3. main yard
  4. navy yard
  5. Rail yard
  6. rope yard
  7. side yard
  8. cubic yard
  9. front yard
  10. waste-yard
  11. Welsh Yard
  12. Wreck Yard
  13. Lumber yard

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Yard

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Google previewA Consumerýs Dictionary of Household, Yard and Office Chemicals (2007)

Complete Information About Harmful and Desirable Chemicals Found in Everyday Home Products, Yard Poisons, and Office Polluters by Ruth Winter

Yard chemicals may be lethal notonly topests, butto humanbeings as well.The United States General Accounting Office reports that 230 million pounds of herbicides, insecticides, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Agricultural Marketing: Market regulation and development (1999)

by Jagdish Prasad

These wholesalers /commission agents were broken in three groups and the annual turnover of each group of wholesalers/ commission agents was studied for both the pre- and post- market yard period. Table 17.1 shows that nearly 66 per ...

Google previewA General Commercial Dictionary ... Second edition, with ... alterations and additions by W. Dickinson (1823)

by Thomas MORTIMER (Vice-Consul for the Austrian Netherlands.), William DICKINSON (of London.)

the yard in value, ...

Google previewAn arithmetical and commercial dictionary (1840)

by William Barnes

The standard yard, is marked by two gold studs on a brass rod, kept by the Clerk of the House of Commons, who also holds the standard pound for England. But as metal expands by heat, the brass standard yard may be a little longer in hot ...

Google previewBusiness Pointers and Dictionary of Synonyms (1890)

With Much Other Information Not Generally Known. Valuable to All Business Men by Thomas Joseph Carey

Cotton, cloth not bleached, dyed, solored, stained, painted or printed, and not exceeding 50 threads to the cquare inch, counting the warp and filling, per square -------- arol - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - # bleacled, per square yard.

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Quotes about Yard

Do not quit! Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard. (E. Joseph Cossman)
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Scrabble value of Y4A1R1D2

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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