yard Definition

  • 1a unit of linear measure equal to 3 feet (0.9144 meter)
  • 2an area of land used for a particular purpose or business
  • 3a piece of ground adjoining a building or house

Using yard: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "yard" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The fence around the yard needs to be fixed.

  • Example

    The house has a large front yard.

  • Example

    The ship was docked at the yard for repairs.

  • Example

    The factory has a storage yard for raw materials.

yard Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for yard

Antonyms for yard

Idioms Using yard

  • a place where bones are collected or stored, typically referring to a cemetery or mass grave


    The archaeologists discovered a bone yard from the ancient civilization.

  • to go outside, typically used for exercise or physical activity


    I'm going to hit the yard and do some gardening.

  • everything that is possible or available; all the way; the full extent


    She went the whole nine yards to make sure the party was perfect.

Phrases with yard

  • an area at the back of a house, typically used for outdoor activities or as a garden


    The kids were playing in the backyard.

  • a work shift that runs through the early hours of the morning, typically from midnight until 8 a.m.


    He works the graveyard shift at the hospital.

  • a place where old or discarded vehicles and machinery are kept


    He found the spare part he needed at the junkyard.

Origins of yard

from Old English 'geard', meaning 'enclosure, garden'


Summary: yard in Brief

The term 'yard' [jɑːrd] refers to a unit of linear measure equal to 3 feet, an area of land used for a particular purpose or business, or a piece of ground adjoining a building or house. It can refer to a backyard, graveyard shift, or junkyard, among others. Idioms include 'the whole nine yards,' meaning everything possible, and 'hit the yard,' meaning to go outside for physical activity.

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