Prison yard
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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. An inclosure; usually, a small inclosed place in front of, or around, a house or barn; as, a courtyard; a cowyard; a barnyard. [1913 Webster]

A yard . . . inclosed all about with sticks In which she had a cock, hight chanticleer. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. An inclosure within which any work or business is carried on; as, a dockyard; a shipyard. [1913 Webster]

{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 it.

{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}. [1913 Webster]


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