There are 2 definitions of yard in English:

yard1

Syllabification: yard
Pronunciation: /yärd
 
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noun

1 (abbreviation: yd.) A unit of linear measure equal to 3 feet (0.9144 meter).
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  • On the half hour mark Brian Pendergast let fly with a right foot shot from twenty yards.
  • How many inches equal a yard is not something subject to daily fluctuations on the free or any other market.
  • I headed the ball back inside and eventually the ball ended up at my feet 20 yards from goal and I just hit it.
1.1 (yards of) informal A great length: yards and yards of fine lace
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  • There are dozens of scene switches, a multitude of props, yards of costume changes.
  • Fisher insists, though, that his star performer brings more than just yards of hard-won advances down field.
  • At night, take a torch and you can get within yards of marsupials, including the faintly horrid Tasmanian devil.
1.2A square or cubic yard, especially of sand or other building materials.
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  • On top of the trash, millions of cubic yards of fine white sand were pumped as a slurry from Rockaway Inlet.
  • The rate of sludge generation in septic tanks is around 0.05 cubic yards every year for an individual.
  • I paid for 25 cubic yards of concrete and a day's labor for eight concrete finishers, and we had a slab.
1.3A cloth measure, of three feet in length and varying widths.
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  • I have a several yard length of linen, and one of ramie, that are ivory/beige right now.
2A cylindrical spar, tapering to each end, slung across a ship’s mast for a sail to hang from.
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  • The Captain motioned with his eyes and his head to the main mast top yard.
  • The argument is that a three-masted ship had three yards on each mast for the square sails, making nine in all.
  • They could see Bowles and they waited, bracing themselves against the yard should the two ships collide.
3US informal 100 dollars; a 100 dollar bill.

Origin

Old English gerd (in sense 2); related to Dutch gard 'twig, rod' and German Gerte.

Phrases

by the yard

In large numbers or quantities: golf continues to inspire books by the yard
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  • Those who do not read, or worse yet that tribe of heretics who purchase books by the yard as decorating tools, don't understand that one does not always go to a library to read or to conduct research.
  • And political rope has been played out by the yard in the Irish peace process that was meant to bolster trust and truth but which displayed instead the most convenient arrangement of alternatives.
  • The entertainment mode is drunken, end-of-university-term party, hard flesh ripples by the yard and it's high-fives and carb-balanced designer water.

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There are 2 definitions of yard in English:

yard2

Syllabification: yard
Pronunciation: /
 
yärd/

noun

1North American A piece of ground adjoining a building or house.
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  • The house is surrounded by a wrought iron railing to the front and the rear yard extends 3.25 metres.
  • She suggests that they bend protocol and walk the men back to their unit through a side yard that has been landscaped by inmates.
  • Deer are often seen in the yards of homes near Fish Creek and Nose Hill parks, and there are an estimated 300 deer living on the campus of the University of Calgary.
Synonyms
backyard, lawn, grounds; courtyard, court, quadrangle, enclosure, cloister, quad
1.1An area of ground surrounded by walls or buildings.
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  • There were tall walls surrounding a yard, closing it off from the rest of the property.
  • The sides were covered almost completely by green ivy vines and the yard surrounding the building was overgrown with cypress trees.
  • It took about a whole two acres, and it stood behind the courtyard right in between the buildings that surrounded the yard.
1.2An area of land used for a particular purpose or business: a storage yard
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  • Five or six trips to the dump yard on the far lands and I stopped for something to eat.
  • These traders require access to their stores and yards to run their businesses.
  • My father has a little family business, a scrap-metal business with a yard and lorry.
Synonyms
workshop, works, factory, garage, plant, foundry, mill, shipyard
informal salt mine(s)
archaic manufactory
1.3An area where deer or moose gather as a herd for the winter.

verb

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1 [with object] North American Store or transport (timber) in or to a log yard.
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  • On this site, they tackle the block in smaller segments completing some falling and then yarding that wood before moving on.
  • Such overhead logging methods were paired with cable yarding systems that dragged the logs to their loading sites.
  • The paper company initially attempted to introduce a capital-intensive cable yarding logging system near Atepec in 1958, but the community opposed this system, which relied upon outside labor to manage the machinery.
2 [no object] North American (Of deer or moose) gather as a herd for the winter.
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  • When snow is deep and moose ''yard'' together, they are more accessible in greater numbers to wolves.
  • Although they yard together in spring, during most of the year, moose are solitary secretive animals and very wary of mankind.

Origin

Old English geard 'building, home, region', from a Germanic base related to Russian gorod 'town'. Compare with garden and orchard.

Phrases

the Yard

British informal term for Scotland Yard.

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