- everything that is pertinent, appropriate, or available.
- 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 yard1
verb (used with object)
Origin of yard2
Related Words for yardslawn, garden, patch, courtyard, playground, lot, backyard, grass, patio, court, barnyard, quadrangle, clearing, corral, fold, terrace, close, enclosure
Examples from the Web for yards
Contemporary Examples of yards
The protection will last as long as Winston can still fling the ball 50 yards downfield to a streaking wide receiver.Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star
December 22, 2014
He found one, a male, maybe 50 yards from the nest with no obvious injuries.He Faces Jail for Rescuing Baby Eagles
November 2, 2014
He caught eight passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in an overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills last weekend.The NFL Is Full of Ray Rices
September 9, 2014
The exploding bombs and gunpowder leveled every structure for hundreds of yards in all directions.Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed
September 1, 2014
And yet, 500 yards is not even a third of a mile, fans-of-math.20 Things You Didn’t Know About 'The Shawshank Redemption'
August 27, 2014
Historical Examples of yards
You wouldn't think it was a hundred yards back from the track, would you?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Looking round, I saw a native running along about 300 yards from me.
Marked a tree sixty yards south of camp F 74, being 74th camp from Geraldton.
It was a short distance to the trees—twenty-five to forty yards, perhaps.Way of the Lawless
"Seven yards windage, Hal," said one, whose hair was streaked with gray.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
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.