crab grass

crab grass
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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Crab grass — Crab Crab (kr[a^]b), n. [AS. crabba; akin to D. krab, G. krabbe, krebs, Icel. krabbi, Sw. krabba, Dan. krabbe, and perh. to E. cramp. Cf. {Crawfish}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the brachyuran Crustacea. They are mostly marine, and usually have a broad …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crab|grass — crab grass, or crab|grass «KRAB GRAS, GRAHS», noun. a coarse grass that spreads rapidly and spoils lawns: »Letting good lawn grass grow taller is one simple way of combating crab grass (New York Times) …   Useful english dictionary

  • crab grass — crab′ grass n. pln a weed grass, Digitaria sanguinales, that roots vigorously from the lower stem joints and grows in thick patches on lawns and uncultivated areas • Etymology: 1590–1600 …   From formal English to slang

  • crab grass — ☆ crab grass n. [ CRAB1 + GRASS: so named from a fancied resemblance ] any of several weedy annual grasses (genus Digitaria) which spread rapidly because of their freely rooting stems, becoming a pest in lawns and gardens …   English World dictionary

  • crab grass — noun grasses with creeping stems that root freely; a pest in lawns • Syn: ↑crabgrass, ↑finger grass • Hypernyms: ↑grass • Hyponyms: ↑Egyptian grass, ↑crowfoot grass, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • crab-grass — n. Wire grass, dog s tail grass (Eleusine Indica) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • crab grass — an annual grass, Digitaria sanguinalis, common in cultivated and waste grounds and often occurring as a pest weed in lawns. [1590 1600] * * * …   Universalium

  • crab·grass — /ˈkræbˌgræs, Brit ˈkræbˌgrɑːs/ noun [noncount] US : a thick type of grass that often grows and spreads quickly in places where it is not wanted …   Useful english dictionary

  • crab grass —   Kūkae pua a uka, mau u kūkae pua a …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • crab-grass — …   Useful english dictionary

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