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."

Primary Meanings of yard

1.
n
the enclosed land around a house or other building
2.
n
a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride
3.
n
the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100
4.
n
a unit of volume (as for sand or gravel)
5.
n
a long horizontal spar tapered at the end and used to support and spread a square sail or lateen
Full Definitions of yard
1

n 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

n 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

n 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
Type of:
enclosure
a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose

n a tract of land where logs are accumulated

Type of:
parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
an extended area of land

n an area having a network of railway tracks and sidings for storage and maintenance of cars and engines

Synonyms:
railway yard, railyard
Types:
marshalling yard
a railway yard in which trains are assembled and goods are loaded
Type of:
parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
an extended area of land
2

n 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
Type of:
linear measure, linear unit
a unit of measurement of length
3

n the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100

Synonyms:
1000, G, K, M, chiliad, grand, one thousand, thou, thousand
Types:
millenary
a sum or aggregate of one thousand (especially one thousand years)
Type of:
large integer
an integer equal to or greater than ten
4

n a unit of volume (as for sand or gravel)

5

n a long horizontal spar tapered at the end and used to support and spread a square sail or lateen

Types:
main yard
yard for a square mainsail
Type of:
spar
a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging

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