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yard,

abbr. yd, basic unit of length in the customary system of English units of measurementEnglish units of measurement,
principal system of weights and measures used in a few nations, the only major industrial one being the United States. It actually consists of two related systems—the U.S.
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; all other units in the English system, such as the inch, foot, rod, and mile, are derived from it. Since 1893 the yard has been defined in terms of the metermeter,
abbr. m, fundamental unit of length in the metric system. The meter was originally defined as 1/10,000,000 of the distance between the equator and either pole; however, the original survey was inaccurate and the meter was later defined simply as the distance between two
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, the basic unit of length in the metric systemmetric system,
system of weights and measures planned in France and adopted there in 1799; it has since been adopted by most of the technologically developed countries of the world.
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. For a long time the yard was held to equal 3600/3937 of a meter; it has since been recalculated so that 1 yd equals 0.9144 m. In the United States results of geodetic surveys are still expressed in feet based on the former definition of the yard; this is known as the U.S. Survey Foot, defined as 1200/3937 of a meter.

Yard

 

a fenced plot containing the structures of one household. Many peoples, including the Russians, often use the word “yard” (Russian dvor) in the sense of homestead. The yard may be open or roofed: the latter is used as a rule to house the livestock and often directly adjoins the living quarters. Roofed yards are common in the northern and central areas of Russia. The Russian peasants call the combined covered yard and house a junction (sviaz’) In a single-row junction, the yard is directly behind the cottage as a kind of extension; in a two-row junction the yard and the residential house form two parallel rows. There are also transverse and chamber-like junctions (in a U-shaped configuration). In the present-day countryside the cattle yards are usually remote from the residential buildings.


Yard

 

a rounded spar horizontally attached at the middle to a ship’s mast or topmast. Yards are used for supporting and controlling square sails. Yards are also used for mounting antennas and hoisting signals.


Yard

 

a unit of length in the English system of measures, equal to 3 feet, 36 inches, or 0.9144 meters. The abbreviation is yd.

What does it mean when you dream about a yard?

As the place to play in and around one’s home, the yard may symbolize recreation or the carefree days of youth. As a metaphor for a unit of measure, the yard may signify a great length or quantity (yards and yards of material).

yard

[yärd]
(civil engineering)
A facility for building and repairing ships.
(mechanics)
A unit of length in common use in the United States and United Kingdom, equal to 0.9144 meter, or 3 feet. Abbreviated yd.
(naval architecture)
A long spar, tapered at the ends, attached at its middle to a mast and running athwartships, and used to support a sail.

yard

That part of a building plot not occupied by the building, open to the sky.

yard

1
1. a unit of length equal to 3 feet and defined in 1963 as exactly 0.9144 metre
2. a cylindrical wooden or hollow metal spar, tapered at the ends, slung from a mast of a square-rigged or lateen-rigged vessel and used for suspending a sail
3. short for yardstick

yard

2
1. an enclosed or open area used for some commercial activity, for storage, etc.
2. a US and Canadian word for garden
3. an area having a network of railway tracks and sidings, used for storing rolling stock, making up trains, etc.
4. US and Canadian the winter pasture of deer, moose, and similar animals
5. NZ short for saleyard, stockyard

Yard

(dreams)
In daily life, the appearance of a backyard is usually a reflection on the people living in the house. A neat and well groomed yard, with grass and flowers, usually indicates that people living there are conscientious, caring, and have enough energy to maintain their property. The yard in your dream may be a reflection of how well you have been able to maintain your internal and external environment. The backyard points to things that are less obvious and, at times, may be unconscious. It may also represent childhood memories that hold positive and negative emotions and lead to self-awareness. If the yard in your dream is a measuring unit, think about what you are measuring and if any growth has taken place.
References in classic literature ?
If we ran out and questioned him as he was slipping through the yard, he would merely work his shoulders about in his coat and say,
Ask for Lantern Yard, father--ask this gentleman with the tassels on his shoulders a-standing at the shop door; he isn't in a hurry like the rest," said Eppie, in some distress at her father's bewilderment, and ill at ease, besides, amidst the noise, the movement, and the multitude of strange indifferent faces.
He appeared as tall as an ordinary spire steeple, and took about ten yards at every stride, as near as I could guess.
The housekeeper obeyed with great satisfaction, and the worthy "Esplandian" went flying into the yard to await with all patience the fire that was in store for him.
This frightened him dreadfully, and away he ran to the back door; but there the dog jumped up and bit him in the leg; and as he was crossing over the yard the ass kicked him; and the cock, who had been awakened by the noise, crowed with all his might.
Success followed as it will when one longs to fail; and one fine evening I returned to Ham Common with a card from the Convict Supervision Office, New Scotland Yard, which I treasure to this day.
There were wounded in the yards, at the windows of the houses, and the streets were crowded with them.
So you are Inspector Jacks from Scotland Yard," he remarked.
You have the control of a great staff of military detectives; the resources of Scotland Yard, too, are at your service.
Then he ran back to the shed pulling the playful young horse, who wanted to gambol all over the yard, by the rein.
But when the rising sun began to gild the coping stones at the gable ends of the houses, Cornelius, eager to know whether there was any living creature about him, approached the window, and cast a sad look round the circular yard before him
I followed him some distance, but he subsided into an ale-house: so I went back to the yard, and, happening to pick up one of my boys on the way, I stationed him as a sentry over the launch.