verb (used with object)
- yard goods,
- yard grass,
- yard of ale,
- yard sale,
- yard-long bean
Origin of yard2
Examples from the Web for yarding
In loading, the main trouble has been in regulating the yarding so that a supply of logs is always on hand.Motor Truck Logging Methods|Frederick Malcolm Knapp
First, that all losses by vermin can be easily avoided by yarding your little birds at home and keeping them under your own eye.Natural and Artificial Duck Culture|James Rankin
One snowy winter I visited a number of elk that were yarding.Watched by Wild Animals|Enos A. Mills
The increased task at the yarding machine seems to have increased the danger of accidents.Making Both Ends Meet|Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
Cattle ran at large, and once when I was yarding my cattle, I was followed for over a mile by wolves.Old Rail Fence Corners|Various
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.