What is yard?


A yard (abbreviation: yd) is a unit of length in several different systems including United States customary units, Imperial units and the former English units. It is equal to 3 feet or 36 inches. Under an agreement in 1959 between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States, the yard (known as the "international yard" in the United States) was legally defined to be exactly 0.9144 metres. Prior to that date, the legal definition of the yard when expressed in terms of metric units varied slightly from country to country.

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Orion's Belt - References in History and Culture
... Rod or Staff Peter's Staff the Golden Yard-arm the L, or Ell the Ell and Yard the Yard-stick, and the Yard-wand the Ellwand Our Lady's Wand the Magi the Three Kings the Three Marys or simply the Three Stars ...
Orchard House Yard
... Orchard House Yard was an English shipbuilding yard located at Leamouth, on the River Lea at Bow Creek ... and the last of its type still in existence, was built at Orchard House Yard in 1890, and is currently moored a short distance away at West India Quay in ...
Yard - Conversions
... international yard (defined 1959) 1 yard = 0.9144 metre ... pre-1959 US yard - defined 1869, implemented 1893 For survey purposes, certain pre-1959 units were retained, usually prefaced by the word "survey ... form and are thus not prefaced by the word "survey." However, it is not clear if a "survey yard" actually exists ...
2006 Cincinnati Bengals Season - Regular Season - Week 13: Vs. Baltimore Ravens
... Shayne Graham helped the Bengals draw first blood with a 23-yard and a 27-yard field goal ... In the third quarter, things went even better as QB Carson Palmer completed a 40-yard TD pass to WR T ... the Ravens had a late comeback as QB Steve McNair completed a 36-yard TD pass to WR Derrick Mason, but the Bengals squashed any chance of Baltimore's comeback by succeeding on the onside kick ...
2006 Buffalo Bills Season - Regular Season - Week 5: At Chicago Bears
... straight touchdowns came from the Bears (a 8-yard pass to WR Bernard Berrian, RB Cedric Benson's 1-yard run, and a 15-yard pass to WR Rashied Davis) put the Bills in a deep hole ... in the fourth quarter, Gould would kick a 41-yard field goal and Benson would get another 1-yard TD run ... Losman completed a 5-yard strike to WR Lee Evans, ending the Bears 11-quarter streak of not allowing their opponents to score a TD ...

More definitions of "yard":

  • (noun): A tract of land enclosed for particular activities (sometimes paved and usually associated with buildings).
    Example: "They opened a repair yard on the edge of town"
  • (noun): A unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride.
    Synonyms: pace
  • (noun): A unit of volume (as for sand or gravel).
    Synonyms: cubic yard
  • (noun): An area having a network of railway tracks and sidings for storage and maintenance of cars and engines.
    Synonyms: railway yard
  • (noun): An enclosure for animals (as chicken or livestock).
  • (noun): A long horizontal spar tapered at the end and used to support and spread a square sail or lateen.
  • (noun): The enclosed land around a house or other building.
    Example: "It was a small house with almost no yard"
    Synonyms: grounds, curtilage

Famous quotes containing the word yard:

    I do not believe in erecting statues to those who still live in our hearts, whose bones have not yet crumbled in the earth around us, but I would rather see the statue of Captain Brown in the Massachusetts State-House yard than that of any other man whom I know. I rejoice that I live in this age, that I am his contemporary.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    He slipped his hand and ran away!
    He hadn’t gone a yard when—Bang!
    With open jaws, a lion sprang,
    And hungrily began to eat
    The boy: beginning at his feet.
    Hilaire Belloc (1870–1953)