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.
Famous quotes containing the word yard:
“For this your mother sweated in the cold,
For this you bled upon the bitter tree:
A yard of tinsel ribbon bought and sold;
A paper wreath; a day at home for me.”
—Edna St. Vincent Millay (18921950)
“He slipped his hand and ran away!
He hadnt gone a yard whenBang!
With open jaws, a lion sprang,
And hungrily began to eat
The boy: beginning at his feet.”
—Hilaire Belloc (18701953)
“Look, were all the same; a man is a fourteen-room housein the bedroom hes asleep with his intelligent wife, in the living-room hes rolling around with some bareass girl, in the library hes paying his taxes, in the yard hes raising tomatoes, and in the cellar hes making a bomb to blow it all up.”
—Arthur Miller (b. 1915)