yard

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/'jɑːd/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/jɑrd/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(yärd)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
yard1 /yɑrd/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Weights and Measures
    • a unit of measure in English-speaking countries, equal to 3 feet or 36 inches (0.9144 meter).
    • a cubic yard:a yard of topsoil.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsthe whole nine yards, [Informal.]everything that can conceivably be included:We bought skis, boots, parkas—the whole nine yards.


yard2 /yɑrd/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. the ground that is immediately next to, or that surrounds, a house, public building, etc.
  2. a courtyard.
  3. an outdoor enclosure for exercise, as by prison inmates.
  4. an outdoor space surrounded by a group of buildings, as on a college campus.
  5. an outside area or enclosure used for storage or assembly, or within which any work or business is carried on (often used in combination):a shipyard; a lumberyard.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
yard1 (yärd),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. Weights and Measuresa common unit of linear measure in English-speaking countries, equal to 3 feet or 36 inches, and equivalent to 0.9144 meter.
  2. Nautical, Naval Termsa long spar, supported more or less at its center, to which the head of a square sail, lateen sail, or lugsail is bent.
  3. yard-of-ale.
  4. Informal Termsa large quantity or extent.
  5. Slang Termsone hundred or, usually, one thousand dollars.
  6. the whole nine yards, [Informal.]
    • everything that is pertinent, appropriate, or available.
    • in all ways;
      in every respect;
      all the way:If you want to run for mayor, I'll be with you the whole nine yards.
  • bef. 900; Middle English yerd(e), Old English (Anglian) gerd origin, originally, straight twig; cognate with Dutch gard, German Gerte rod

yard2 (yärd),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. the ground that immediately adjoins or surrounds a house, public building, or other structure.
  2. an enclosed area outdoors, often paved and surrounded by or adjacent to a building;
    court.
  3. an outdoor enclosure designed for the exercise of students, inmates, etc.:a prison yard.
  4. an outdoor space surrounded by a group of buildings, as on a college campus.
  5. a pen or other enclosure for livestock.
  6. an enclosure within which any work or business is carried on (often used in combination):navy yard; a brickyard.
  7. an outside area used for storage, assembly, or the like.
  8. Rail Transporta system of parallel tracks, crossovers, switches, etc., where cars are switched and made up into trains and where cars, locomotives, and other rolling stock are kept when not in use or when awaiting repairs.
  9. a piece of ground set aside for cultivation;
    garden;
    field.
  10. Zoologythe winter pasture or browsing ground of moose and deer.
  11. British Termsthe Yard, See  Scotland Yard (def. 2).

v.t. 
  1. to put into, enclose, or store in a yard.
  • bef. 900; Middle English yerd, Old English geard enclosure; cognate with Dutch gaard garden, Old Norse garthr yard, Gothic gards house, Latin hortus garden, Old Irish gort field; akin to garden

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
yard /jɑːd/ n
  1. a unit of length equal to 3 feet and defined in 1963 as exactly 0.9144 metre
  2. a cylindrical wooden or hollow metal spar, tapered at the ends, slung from a mast of a square-rigged or lateen-rigged vessel and used for suspending a sail
  3. the whole nine yardsinformal everything that is required; the whole thing
Etymology: Old English gierd rod, twig; related to Old Frisian jerde, Old Saxon gerdia, Old High German gertia, Old Norse gaddr
yard /jɑːd/ n
  1. a piece of enclosed ground, usually either paved or laid with concrete and often adjoining or surrounded by a building or buildings
  2. an enclosed or open area used for some commercial activity, for storage, etc
  3. (in combination): a brickyard, a shipyard
  4. a US and Canadian word for garden
  5. an area having a network of railway tracks and sidings, used for storing rolling stock, making up trains, etc
  6. US Canadian the winter pasture of deer, moose, and similar animals
  7. NZ
    short for stockyard
Etymology: Old English geard; related to Old Saxon gard, Old High German gart, Old Norse garthr yard, Gothic gards house, Old Slavonic gradu town, castle, Albanian garth hedge
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
Yard /jɑːd/ n
  1. the YardBrit informal
    short for Scotland Yard
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