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# Yard|Definition & Meaning

## Definition

Yard, denoted by **yd**, is the unit of length that equals 3 feet (36 inches) or 0.9144 meters. Equivalently, a distance of 1 mile equals 1760 yards.Â

Usually, the **yard** is a part of the imperial system that the **United States** still adopts to express distance units in feet, inches, and yards. Furthermore, other **imperial units,** such as **pounds, miles,** etc., are also used to indicate their respective quantities.

The yard is frequently used to measure distances in sports and other physical activities, as well as in construction and real estate.

In the textile business, it is also used to measure the length of cloth or other materials. The term yard is also used in **nautical measures.** It is the unit of length used to measure the length of a ship or the depth of water in a harbor or channel in this context.

Furthermore, yards are frequently used in **landscaping** to gauge the size of lawns, **gardens,** and other outdoor spaces. For instance, a landscaper may use yards to calculate how much sod is required to cover a certain patch of lawn or how much mulch or other materials are required to cover a garden bed. Yards may also determine a **property’s size** and how the landscaping will be laid out.

## Imperial System and Its Usage

The **Imperial system,** often known as the **British system** or **imperial units,** is a measuring system that was widely used in the **United Kingdom** and its former colonies, including the **United States.** The Imperial system contains the **length** (inches, feet, yards, and miles), **weight** (ounces, pounds, and tonnes), and **volume units** (fluid ounces, pints, quarts, and gallons).Â

Furthermore, **Temperature** (Fahrenheit), **energy** (British thermal units), and **pressure** are also included in the Imperial system (pounds per square inch). Although used widely before, nowadays, the metric system is used instead throughout most of the globe, including the United States.

The Imperial System was first established in the United Kingdom in the **18th** and **19th centuries** and was **standardized** in its colonies, such as the United States. It was widely used throughout the 19th and 20th centuries but later on, **lost its usage** at the **end** of the **20th century.**Â

The usage of **scientific improvements** and occurrences of **technological advances** changed the whole retrospective around the quantities and their measurement, and thus, the **metric system** was considered to be a more logical and consistent system of measurement of units. Thus, the world shifted to the **SI Unit system.**Â

Nowadays, the **SI Unit** is the mainstream way of measurement of quantities. However, the imperial system is still widely used in measurements in everyday life, such as road **distances, body temperatures, cooking quantities,** and **industries.**Â

## Importance and Uses of Yard in Practical Applications

The yard is a pretty commonly used unit of measurement of distance in the US, and many **landscaping** or **distances** are related to **sports,** real **estate, textile** and **clothing,** and **food** and **agriculture.** Furthermore, It is also an important tool of measurement for **construction works,** with the dimensions of the rooms and lots measured in yards and feet.

Similar to how the size of a house or the area of a plot of land can be described, the yard is frequently employed in real estate. Because of this, it is simple for **purchasers** to comprehend a **property’s dimensions.**Â

The unit yard is used in landscaping to determine the **size** of **lawns** and **gardens** as well as the number of materials required for projects. This enables both experts and individuals to plan and carry out landscaping tasks precisely**.**

The yard is also used in the **textile** and **apparel industries** to measure **materials** or **clothing** and ensure that garment measurements are precise.

Moreover, yards are a common unit of measurement in **sports** for **field** or **track** events like the **long jump** and the **100-yard race.** This makes it possible to quantify sports performance precisely and consistently.

Additionally, these are also used in **agriculture** and **fishing** to measure the length of a fishing net or the size of an agricultural plot. This enables precise **yield computation** and **resource management.**

## Examples Explaining the Usage of Yard and Imperial System in Measurements

### Example 1

A property dealer bought land for **\$0.5Â Per Yard ^{2}**. The land was

**25 meters long**and

**50 meters wide**. Find the

**area**of the land in the unit,

**yard,**and, subsequently, the cost of the land that the property dealer has bought.Â Â

### Solution

First of all, we require to **convert** the **metric units** into **imperial units,** that is, meters to yards.

To convert **meters to yards,** we follow the following conversion:

1 metre = 1.09361 yards

25 meters = (1.09361 x 25) yards

25 meters = 27.34 yard

50 meters = (1.09361 x 50) yards

50 meters = 54.681 yards

So the land is **27.34 yardsÂ **longÂ and **54.681 yards** wide.Â

Thus the **area** of the land is equal to the following:

Area of land = 54.681 x 27.34

Area of land = 1494.98 yard^{2}

Thus the **Area** that the property dealer bought was **1494.98** **sq yards,** and its cost can be calculated as below:

Cost of land = 0.5 USD/sq yard x 1494.98 sq yardsÂ

Cost of land = 747.5 USD.

Hence, the **cost of the land** for the property dealer is **\$747.5.**Â

### Example 2

A **salesman** is selling linen for **\$25/yard** to a **clothing shop.** The dealer of the clothing shop **buys 10 meters** of linen from the salesman. Find the **cost** of the **linen** for the dealer.Â

### Solution

Similarly to Example 1, we have to **convert** the **metric units** to **imperial units.**

Length of Linen bought = 10 meters x 1.09361 yards

Length of Linen bought = 10.9361 yards

Now, the **cost** of **linen** can be calculated by the following steps:Â

Cost of Linen = 10.9361 yards x \$25/Yard

**Cost of Linen = \$273.4025**

Hence, the **final**Â **cost** of linen bought by the dealer is **\$273.4025.**

*All the above figures are drawn using GeoGebra.*