(1)   An enclosure for animals (as chicken or livestock)
(2)   A long horizontal spar tapered at the end and used to support and spread a square sail or lateen
(3)   The enclosed land around a house or other building
"It was a small house with almost no yard"
(4)   An area having a network of railway tracks and sidings for storage and maintenance of cars and engines
(5)   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"
(6)   A tract of land where logs are accumulated
(7)   A unit of volume (as for sand or gravel)
(8)   A unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride
(9)   The cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100

Etymology 1

, from }, from . Cognate with Dutch , German , Swedish . The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin , Russian . Compare .


  1. A small, usually uncultivated area adjoining or (now especially) within the precincts of a house or other building.
  2. An enclosed area designated for a specific purpose, e.g. on farms, railways etc.
  3. One’s house or home.

Etymology 2

, from West . Cognate with Dutch , German .


  1. 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.
  2. Any spar carried aloft.
  3. A staff, rod or stick.
  4. A unit of length equal to three feet (exactly 0.9144 metres in the US and UK).
  5. One-hundred dollars.


  1. 109, A short scale billion; a long scale thousand millions or milliard.
    I need to hedge a yard of yen.