Yard

Noun

  • (obsolete) A staff, rod, or stick.
  • (obsolete) The rod, a surveying unit of (once) 15 or (now) 16½ feet.
  • A small, usually uncultivated area adjoining or (now especially) within the precincts of a house or other building.
  • (Jamaica) One’s house or home.
  • Units of similar composition or length in other systems.
  • (obsolete) A branch, twig, or shoot.
  • (obsolete) The yardland, an obsolete English unit of land roughly understood as 30 acres.
  • (finance) 109, A short scale billion; a long scale thousand millions or milliard.

    "I need to hedge a yard of yen."

  • A place where moose or deer herd together in winter for pasture, protection, etc.
  • A unit of length equal to 3 feet in the US customary and British imperial systems of measurement, equal to precisely 0.9144m since 1959 (US) or 1963 (UK).
  • (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.
  • (US, slang, uncommon) 100 dollars.
  • (obsolete) The rood, area bound by a square rod, ¼ acre.
  • An enclosed area designated for a specific purpose, e.g. on farms, railways etc.
  • (nautical) Any spar carried aloft.

Verb

  • (transitive) To confine to a yard.

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