- 1 a piece of land next to or around your house where you can grow flowers, fruit, vegetables, etc., usually with an area of grass (called alawn) see also backyard
- 2 (abbreviation yd.) a unit for measuring length, equal to 3 feet (36 inches) or 0.9144 of a meter
- 3 an area outside a building, usually with a hard surface and a surrounding wall the prison yard The children were playing in the yard at the front of the school. see also backyard
- 4(usually in compounds) an area of land used for a special purpose or business a boat yard You will find other compounds ending in yard at their place in the alphabet. Thesaurusfactoryplant mill works yard workshop/shop foundryThese are all words for buildings or places where things are made or where industrial processes take place.factory a building or group of buildings where goods are made:a chocolate/cigarette/clothing factoryplant a factory or place where power is produced or an industrial process takes place:a nuclear power plant a manufacturing plant a bottling plantmill a factory that produces a particular type of material:a steel/cotton/paper/textile/woolen millworks (often in compounds) a place where things are made or an industrial process takes place:a brickworks a steelworks Raw materials were carried to the works by rail.yard (usually in compounds) an area of land used for building something:a shipyardworkshop/shop a room or building in which things are made or repaired using tools or machinery:a car repair shop a sheet metal workshopfoundry a factory where metal or glass is melted and made into different shapes or objects:an iron foundryPatterns a car/chemical/munitions factory/plant an engineering plant/(work)shop to manage/run a factory/plant/mill/works/yard/workshop/foundry to work in/at a factory/plant/mill/yard/workshop/foundry factory/mill/foundry owners/managers/workers
- 5 (technology) a long piece of wood fastened to a mast that supports a sail on a boat or ship Idioms
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everything, or a situation that includes everything When Dan cooks dinner he always goes the whole nine yards, with three courses and a choice of dessert.
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