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.
If men smote it with a yerde. --Chaucer.
2. A branch; a twig. [Obs.]
The bitter frosts with the sleet and rain
Destroyed hath the green in every yerd. --Chaucer.
3. A long piece of timber, as a rafter, etc. [Obs.]
4. A measure of length, equaling three feet, or thirty-six
inches, being the standard of English and American
5. The penis.
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.
7. (Zool.) A place where moose or deer herd together in
winter for pasture, protection, etc.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
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.]