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yard

The grassy area right outside a house is a yard. A yard is often surrounded by a fence or marked by shrubs or other plants. As a unit of measurement, a yard is equal to three feet.

Most suburban houses have both a front yard and a back yard — sometimes side yards too. Yards might have grass, trees, bushes, play structures, gardens, patios, and decks. A completely different kind of yard is the unit of measurement that equals three feet. This three-foot yard comes from a Germanic root meaning "rod or staff," while the yard behind your house has a root that means "to enclose."

Definitions of yard
  1. noun
    the enclosed land around a house or other building
    “it was a small house with almost no yard
    synonyms: curtilage, grounds
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    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; between the house and the street
    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
    type of:
    field
    a piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed
  2. noun
    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”
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    junkyard
    a field where junk is collected and stored for resale
    schoolyard
    the yard associated with a school
    God's acre, churchyard
    the yard associated with a church
    tiltyard
    (formerly) an enclosed field for tilting contests
    type of:
    parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
    an extended area of land
  3. noun
    an enclosure for animals (as chicken or livestock)
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    barnyard
    a yard adjoining a barn
    chicken run, chicken yard, fowl run, hen yard
    an enclosed yard for keeping poultry
    farmyard
    an area adjacent to farm buildings
    stockyard
    enclosed yard where cattle, pigs, horses, or sheep are kept temporarily
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    enclosure
    a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
  4. noun
    a tract of land where logs are accumulated
  5. noun
    an area having a network of railway tracks and sidings for storage and maintenance of cars and engines
    synonyms: railway yard, railyard
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    marshalling yard
    a railway yard in which trains are assembled and goods are loaded
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    parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
    an extended area of land
  6. noun
    a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride
    synonyms: pace
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    linear measure, linear unit
    a unit of measurement of length
  7. noun
    the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100
    synonyms: 1000, G, K, M, chiliad, grand, one thousand, thou, thousand
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    millenary
    a sum or aggregate of one thousand (especially one thousand years)
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    large integer
    an integer equal to or greater than ten
  8. noun
    a unit of volume (as for sand or gravel)
  9. noun
    a long horizontal spar tapered at the end and used to support and spread a square sail or lateen
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    main yard
    yard for a square mainsail
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    spar
    a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging
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