- an enclosure with pens, sheds, etc., connected with a slaughterhouse, railroad, market, etc., for the temporary housing of cattle, sheep, swine, or horses.
- a yard for livestock.
Origin of stockyard
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Examples from the Web for stockyard
In order to effect this they are transferred to a stockyard on the beach.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
After lunch, as there was more branding to be done, Gerrard went back to the stockyard.Tom Gerrard
But, anyway, I'll saddle up and get a man to help me run the mob into the stockyard.Chinkie's Flat and Other Stories
We were all in the stockyard, and Billy, in answer to the hail, came there.We of the Never-Never
Jeanie "Mrs. Aeneas" Gunn
As she had said, two horses stood saddled and ready in the stockyard.Sheilah McLeod
- a large yard with pens or covered buildings where farm animals are assembled, sold, etc
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