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yard 1

1. Abbr. yd. A fundamental unit of length in both the US Customary System and the British Imperial System, equal to 3 feet, or 36 inches (0.9144 meter). See Table at measurement.
2. Nautical A long tapering spar slung to a mast to support and spread the head of a square sail, lugsail, or lateen.
3. Informal
a. A square yard: bought 4 yards of fabric.
b. A cubic yard: dug up 100 yards of soil.

[Middle English yerde, stick, unit of measure, from Old English gerd.]

yard 2

1. A tract of ground next to, surrounding, or surrounded by a building or buildings.
a. A tract of ground, often enclosed, used for a specific business or activity.
b. A baseball park.
3. An area where railroad trains are made up and cars are switched, stored, and serviced on tracks and sidings.
a. A somewhat sheltered area where deer or other browsing animals congregate during the winter.
b. An enclosed tract of ground in which animals, such as chickens or pigs, are kept.
v. yarded, yard·ing, yards
To enclose, collect, or put into a yard.
To gather together into a yard: The deer are yarding up in their winter grounds.

[Middle English, from Old English geard; see gher- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Agriculture) a group of animals displayed for sale: a good yarding.
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