yard

v. i.

  1. A rod; a stick; a staff.
  2. A branch; a twig.
  3. A long piece of timber, as a rafter, etc.
  4. A measure of length, equaling three feet, or thirty-six inches, being the standard of English and American measure.
  5. The penis.
  6. A long piece of timber, nearly cylindrical, tapering toward the ends, and designed to support and extend a square sail. A yard is usually hung by the center to the mast. See Illust. of Ship.

n.

  1. An inclosure; usually, a small inclosed place in front of, or around, a house or barn; as, a courtyard; a cowyard; a barnyard.
  2. An inclosure within which any work or business is carried on; as, a dockyard; a shipyard.

v. t.

  1. To confine (cattle) to the yard; to shut up, or keep, in a yard; as, to yard cows.