American English

Definition of yard noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a 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. 2(abbreviation yd.) a unit for measuring length, equal to 3 feet (36 inches) or 0.9144 of a meter
  3. 3an 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. 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. 5(technology) a long piece of wood fastened to a mast that supports a sail on a boat or ship
  6. Idioms
    the whole nine yards (informal)
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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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: yard