n. A rod; a stick; a wand; a branch or twig.n. n. Rule; direction; correction.n. A measuring-rod or -stick of the exact length of 3 feet or 36 imperial inches; a yardstick.n. The fundamental unit of English long measure.n. Nautical, a long cylindrical spar having a rounded taper toward each end, slung crosswise to a mast and used for suspending certain of the sails called either square or lateen sails according as the yard is suspended at right angles or obliquely.n. A long piece of timber, as a rafter.n. In heraldry, a bearing representing a staff or wand divided into equal parts, as if for a measure.n. The virile member; the penis.n. Hence— A pint of ale, beer, or wine served in a yard-glass, and usually drunk for amusement or on a wager, on account of the likelihood of spilling or choking. Compare ale-yard.To summon for hiring: a process formerly used in the Isle of Man, and executed by the coroner of the sheading or district on behalf of the deemsters and others entitled to a priority of choice of the servants at a fair or market.n. A piece of inclosed ground of small or moderate size; particularly, a piece of ground inclosing or adjoining a house or other building, or inclosed by it: as, a front yard; a court-yard; a dooryard; a churchyard; an inn-yard; a barn-yard; a vineyard.n. An inclosure within which any work or business is carried on: as, a brick-yard; a wood-yard; a tan-yard; a dock-yard; a stock-yard; a navy-yard.n. In railway usage, the space or tract adjacent to a railway station or terminus, which is used for the switching or making up of trains, the accommodation of rolling-stock, and similar purposes.n. A garden; now, chiefly, a kitchen- or cottage-garden: as, a kale-yard.n. The winter pasture or browsing-ground of moose and deer; a moose-yard.n. A measure of land in England, varying locally: in Buckinghamshire, formerly, 28 to 40 acres; in Wiltshire, a quarter of an acre. Compare yard-land.To put into or inclose in a yard; shut up in a yard, as cattle: as, to yard cows.To resort to winter pastures: said of moose and deer.To shoot deer in their winter yards.