From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Yard \Yard\, n. [OE. yard, yerd, AS. geard; akin to OFries.
   garda garden, OS. gardo garden, gard yard, D. gaard garden,
   G. garten, OHG. garto garden, gari inclosure, Icel. gar[eth]r
   yard, house, Sw. g[*a]rd, Dan. gaard, Goth. gards a house,
   garda sheepfold, L. hortus garden, Gr. cho`rtos an inclosure.
   Cf. Court, Garden, Garth, Horticulture, Orchard.]
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   1. An inclosure; usually, a small inclosed place in front of,
      or around, a house or barn; as, a courtyard; a cowyard; a
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            A yard . . . inclosed all about with sticks
            In which she had a cock, hight chanticleer.
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   2. An inclosure within which any work or business is carried
      on; as, a dockyard; a shipyard.
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   Liberty of the yard, a liberty, granted to persons
      imprisoned for debt, of walking in the yard, or within any
      other limits prescribed by law, on their giving bond not
      to go beyond those limits.

   Prison yard, an inclosure about a prison, or attached to

   Yard grass (Bot.), a low-growing grass (Eleusine Indica)
      having digitate spikes. It is common in dooryards, and
      like places, especially in the Southern United States.
      Called also crab grass.

   Yard of land. See Yardland.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Yard \Yard\, n. [OE. yerd, AS. gierd, gyrd, a rod, stick, a
   measure, a yard; akin to OFries. ierde, OS. gerda, D. garde,
   G. gerte, OHG. gartia, gerta, gart, Icel. gaddr a goad,
   sting, Goth. gazds, and probably to L. hasta a spear. Cf.
   Gad, n., Gird, n., Gride, v. i., Hastate.]
   1. A rod; a stick; a staff. [Obs.] --P. Plowman.
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            If men smote it with a yerde.         --Chaucer.
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   2. A branch; a twig. [Obs.]
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            The bitter frosts with the sleet and rain
            Destroyed hath the green in every yerd. --Chaucer.
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   3. A long piece of timber, as a rafter, etc. [Obs.]
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   4. A measure of length, equaling three feet, or thirty-six
      inches, being the standard of English and American
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   5. The penis.
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   6. (Naut.) A long piece of timber, nearly cylindrical,
      tapering toward the ends, and designed to support and
      extend a square sail. A yard is usually hung by the center
      to the mast. See Illust. of Ship.
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   7. (Zool.) A place where moose or deer herd together in
      winter for pasture, protection, etc.
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   Golden Yard, or Yard and Ell (Astron.), a popular name of
      the three stars in the belt of Orion.

   Under yard [i. e., under the rod], under contract. [Obs.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Yard \Yard\, v. t.
   To confine (cattle) to the yard; to shut up, or keep, in a
   yard; as, to yard cows.
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