What is yard?

  • (noun): An area having a network of railway tracks and sidings for storage and maintenance of cars and engines.
    Synonyms: railway yard
    See also — Additional definitions below


A yard (abbreviation: yd) is a unit of length in several different systems including United States customary units, Imperial units and the former English units. It is equal to 3 feet or 36 inches. Under an agreement in 1959 between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States, the yard (known as the "international yard" in the United States) was legally defined to be exactly 0.9144 metres. Prior to that date, the legal definition of the yard when expressed in terms of metric units varied slightly from country to country.

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2006 Buffalo Bills Season - Regular Season - Week 5: At Chicago Bears
... quarter, three straight touchdowns came from the Bears (a 8-yard pass to WR Bernard Berrian, RB Cedric Benson's 1-yard run, and a 15-yard pass to WR Rashied Davis) put the Bills in a deep hole ... another field goal for Chicago (a 32-yarder), while in the fourth quarter, Gould would kick a 41-yard field goal and Benson would get another 1-yard TD run ... Losman completed a 5-yard strike to WR Lee Evans, ending the Bears 11-quarter streak of not allowing their opponents to score a TD ...
Yard - Conversions
... international yard (defined 1959) 1 yard = 0.9144 metre ... pre-1959 US yard - defined 1869, implemented 1893 For survey purposes, certain pre-1959 units were retained, usually prefaced by the word "survey," among them the survey inch, survey foot, and ... However, it is not clear if a "survey yard" actually exists ...
2006 Cincinnati Bengals Season - Regular Season - Week 13: Vs. Baltimore Ravens
... the Bengals draw first blood with a 23-yard and a 27-yard field goal ... In the third quarter, things went even better as QB Carson Palmer completed a 40-yard TD pass to WR T ... fourth quarter, the Ravens had a late comeback as QB Steve McNair completed a 36-yard TD pass to WR Derrick Mason, but the Bengals squashed any chance of Baltimore's comeback by succeeding on the onside kick ...
Orchard House Yard
... Orchard House Yard was an English shipbuilding yard located at Leamouth, on the River Lea at Bow Creek ... type still in existence, was built at Orchard House Yard in 1890, and is currently moored a short distance away at West India Quay in London Docklands ...
Orion's Belt - References in History and Culture
... Jacob's Rod or Staff Peter's Staff the Golden Yard-arm the L, or Ell the Ell and Yard the Yard-stick, and the Yard-wand the Ellwand Our Lady's Wand the Magi the Three Kings the Three Marys or ...

More definitions of "yard":

  • (noun): A long horizontal spar tapered at the end and used to support and spread a square sail or lateen.
  • (noun): The enclosed land around a house or other building.
    Example: "It was a small house with almost no yard"
    Synonyms: grounds, curtilage
  • (noun): A unit of volume (as for sand or gravel).
    Synonyms: cubic yard
  • (noun): A tract of land enclosed for particular activities (sometimes paved and usually associated with buildings).
    Example: "They opened a repair yard on the edge of town"
  • (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
  • (noun): An enclosure for animals (as chicken or livestock).

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    You must come down with me after the show to the lumber yard and ride piggy-back on the buzz saws.
    W.C. Fields, U.S. screenwriter, George Marshall, and Eddie Cline. Larsen E. Whipsnade (W.C. Fields)