verb (used with object)
Origin of yard2
Examples from the Web for yarding
Historical Examples of yarding
One snowy winter I visited a number of elk that were yarding.Watched by Wild Animals
Enos A. Mills
Then the moose herds are yarding up in some sheltered feeding-ground.The Story of the Trapper
A. C. Laut
Very often something breaks on the yarding or loading donkey.Motor Truck Logging Methods
Frederick Malcolm Knapp
They swim them across from Berwick, and when they get here are so tired out there is no trouble in yarding them.Diary of an Enlisted Man
Lawrence Van Alstyne
The worker stops the yarding machine by throwing her weight on her right foot, on a pedal to the right.Making Both Ends Meet
Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
Word Origin for yard
- an enclosed or open area used for some commercial activity, for storage, etca railway yard
- (in combination)a brickyard; a shipyard
Word Origin for yard
"ground around a house," Old English geard "enclosure, garden, court, house, yard," from Proto-Germanic *garda (cf. Old Norse garðr "enclosure, garden, yard;" Old Frisian garda, Dutch gaard, Old High German garto, German Garten "garden;" Gothic gards "house," garda "stall"), from PIE *gharto-, from root *gher- "to grasp, enclose" (cf. Old English gyrdan "to gird," Sanskrit ghra- "house," Albanian garth "hedge," Latin hortus "garden," Phrygian -gordum "town," Greek khortos "pasture," Old Irish gort "field," Breton garz "enclosure, garden," and second element in Latin cohors "enclosure, yard, company of soldiers, multitude").
Lithuanian gardas "pen, enclosure," Old Church Slavonic gradu "town, city," and Russian gorod, -grad "town, city" belong to this group, but linguists dispute whether they are independent developments or borrowings from Germanic. Yard sale is attested by 1976. Middle English yerd "yard-land" (mid-15c.) was a measure of about 30 acres.
measure of length, Old English gerd (Mercian), gierd (West Saxon) "rod, stick, measure of length," from West Germanic *gazdijo, from Proto-Germanic *gazdaz "stick, rod" (cf. Old Saxon gerda, Old Frisian ierde, Dutch gard "rod;" Old High German garta, German gerte "switch, twig," Old Norse gaddr "spike, sting, nail"), from PIE *gherdh- "staff, pole" (cf. Latin hasta "shaft, staff"). The nautical yardarm retains the original sense of "stick."
Originally in Anglo-Saxon times a land measure of roughly 5 meters (a length later called rod, pole, or perch). Modern measure of "three feet" is attested from late 14c. (earlier rough equivalent was the ell of 45 inches, and the verge). In Middle English, the word also was a euphemism for "penis" (cf. "Love's Labour's Lost," V.ii.676). Slang meaning "one hundred dollars" first attested 1926, American English.
see all wool and a yard wide; in one's own back yard; whole nine yards.