Old English geard, Old Saxon gard 'enclosure', Old High German gart, Old Icelandic gardhr, Gothic gards 'house'. The same stem, *ghor-dho-, may be the orgin of Latin hortus 'garden', Greek khortos, Welsh garth. Latin hortus of course provides such well-known terms as "horticulture" and "orchard"; less obviously "cohort" and "court". Greek khortos furnishes "chorus" and "choir" (special enclosures for singing or dancing). This stem emerged as Old Slavic gradu 'city, enclosure' (as in Stalingrad) and Russian gorod 'city' and ogorod 'garden', probably borrowed from the neighboring Ostrogoths.1. A tract of ground next to, surrounding, or surrounded by a building or buildings.
2. A tract of ground, often enclosed, used for a specific business or activity.
3. An area where railroad trains are made up and cars are switched, stored, and serviced on tracks and sidings.
a. A winter pasture for deer or other grazing animals.
b. An enclosed tract of ground in which animals, such as chickens or pigs, are kept.
v. yarded, yard·ing, yards
To enclose, collect, or put into or as if into a yard.
To be gathered into or as if into a yard.