Definition of yard:

part of speech: verb

To put or confine cattle in a yard.

part of speech: noun

An enclosure in which any work is carried on; a small enclosed space adjoining a house or building; in Scot., a small enclosed garden.

part of speech: noun

A staff; a rod; a measure of 3 feet, or 36 inches; in a ship, a long piece of timber, having a rounded taper towards each end, and slung by its centre to a mast.

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Among the anc. Jews, a goat on which the high priest solemnly laid the sins of the people, and which was afterwards driven into the wilderness; any person on whom the faults of another may be fixed. ...