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  Dictionary Definition of yard

Yard
noun the Scotland Yard.
yard [1]
noun
1. a common unit of linear measure in the imperial system equal to 3ft or 36 in., defined as 0.9144 metres.
2. Nautical a long cylindrical spar with a taper towards each end, slung crosswise to a mast and suspending a square sail, lateen sail, etc.
[ME yerd ( e ), OE gerd (Anglian), c. D gard, G Gerte rod; cf. GAD2 ]