yard

1
[ yahrd ]
/ yɑrd /

noun

a common unit of linear measure in English-speaking countries, equal to 3 feet or 36 inches, and equivalent to 0.9144 meter.
Nautical. a long spar, supported more or less at its center, to which the head of a square sail, lateen sail, or lugsail is bent.
Informal. a large quantity or extent.
Slang. one hundred or, usually, one thousand dollars.

Idioms

    the whole nine yards, Informal.
    1. everything that is pertinent, appropriate, or available.
    2. in all ways; in every respect; all the way: If you want to run for mayor, I'll be with you the whole nine yards.

Origin of yard

1
before 900; Middle English yerd(e), Old English (Anglian) gerd orig., straight twig; cognate with Dutch gard, German Gerte rod
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British Dictionary definitions for whole nine yards (1 of 3)

yard

1
/ (jɑːd) /

noun

a unit of length equal to 3 feet and defined in 1963 as exactly 0.9144 metreAbbreviation: yd
a cylindrical wooden or hollow metal spar, tapered at the ends, slung from a mast of a square-rigged or lateen-rigged vessel and used for suspending a sail
put in the hard yards Australian informal to make a great effort to achieve an end
the whole nine yards informal everything that is required; the whole thing

Word Origin for yard

Old English gierd rod, twig; related to Old Frisian jerde, Old Saxon gerdia, Old High German gertia, Old Norse gaddr

British Dictionary definitions for whole nine yards (2 of 3)

yard

2
/ (jɑːd) /

noun

verb (tr)

to draft (animals), esp to a saleyard

Word Origin for yard

Old English geard; related to Old Saxon gard, Old High German gart, Old Norse garthr yard, Gothic gards house, Old Slavonic gradu town, castle, Albanian garth hedge

British Dictionary definitions for whole nine yards (3 of 3)

Yard

/ (jɑːd) /

noun

the Yard British informal short for Scotland Yard
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Science definitions for whole nine yards

yard

[ yärd ]

A unit of length in the US Customary System equal to 3 feet or 36 inches (0.91 meter). See Table at measurement.
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Idioms and Phrases with whole nine yards

yard


see all wool and a yard wide; in one's own back yard; whole nine yards.

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