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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.
..... Click the link for more information. ; 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
..... Click the link for more information. , 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.
..... Click the link for more information. . 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. The U.S. Survey Foot, however, will become obsolete in 2023.
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.
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.
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).