cloth yard
noun Date: 15th century a yard especially for measuring cloth; specifically a unit of 37 inches equal to the Scottish ell and used also as a length for arrows

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • cloth yard — n. 1. a medieval unit of measure for cloth, fixed at 37 inches by Edward VI of England: also used as a length for longbow arrows 2. now, the standard yard (36 inches) as used in measuring cloth …   English World dictionary

  • cloth-yard — clothˈ yard noun The yard by which cloth was measured, formerly 37in • • • Main Entry: ↑cloth …   Useful english dictionary

  • cloth yard — cloth′ yard n. wam a unit of measure for cloth, formerly 37 inches (0.93 meter), now equal to a standard yard (0.91 meter) • Etymology: 1425–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • cloth yard — noun : a yard especially for measuring cloth; specifically : a unit of 37 inches equal to the Scotch ell and used also as a length for arrows cloth yard shafts used by English archers at Crécy * * * a unit of measure for cloth, formerly 37 inches …   Useful english dictionary

  • cloth yard — a unit of measure for cloth, formerly 37 inches (0.93 meter), now the equivalent of the standard yard (0.91 meter); 36 inches; 3 feet. [1425 75; late ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • Cloth Yard —    Out of Dunning s Alley, in Bishopsgate Ward Without (Strype, ed. 1755 Boyle, 1799).    Not named in the maps …   Dictionary of London

  • cloth-yard shaft — An arrow a cloth yard long • • • Main Entry: ↑cloth …   Useful english dictionary

  • yard — yard1 /yahrd/, n. 1. a common unit of linear measure in English speaking countries, equal to 3 feet or 36 inches, and equivalent to 0.9144 meter. 2. Naut. a long spar, supported more or less at its center, to which the head of a square sail,… …   Universalium

  • Cloth — (kl[o^]th; 115), n.; pl. {Cloths} (kl[o^][th]z; 115), except in the sense of garments, when it is {Clothes} (kl[=o]thz or kl[=o]z). [OE. clath cloth, AS. cl[=a][thorn] cloth, garment; akin to D. kleed, Icel. kl[ae][eth]i, Dan. kl[ae]de, cloth, Sw …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cloth measure — Cloth Cloth (kl[o^]th; 115), n.; pl. {Cloths} (kl[o^][th]z; 115), except in the sense of garments, when it is {Clothes} (kl[=o]thz or kl[=o]z). [OE. clath cloth, AS. cl[=a][thorn] cloth, garment; akin to D. kleed, Icel. kl[ae][eth]i, Dan.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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