Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Yaourt noun [ Turk. yoghurt .] A fermented drink, or milk beer, made by the Turks.
Yap intransitive verb
[ Icelandic gjālpa
; akin to yelp
. Confer Yaup
.] To bark; to yelp. L'Estrange.
Yap noun A bark; a yelp.
Yapock noun [ Probably from the river Oyapok , between French Guiana and Brazil.] (Zoology) A South American aquatic opossum ( Chironectes variegatus ) found in Guiana and Brazil. Its hind feet are webbed, and its fore feet do not have an opposable thumb for climbing. Called also water opossum . [ Written also yapack .]
Yapon noun (Botany) Same as Yaupon .
[ See Yare
] (Nautical) The power of moving, or being managed, at sea; -- said with reference to a ship. Sir T. North.
[ Middle English yerd
, Anglo-Saxon gierd
, a rod, stick, a measure, a yard; akin to OFries. ierde
, Old Saxon gerda
, Dutch garde
, German gerte
, Old High German gartia
, Icelandic gaddr
a goad, sting, Goth. gazds
, and probably to Latin hasta
a spear. Confer Gad
, intransitive verb
.] 1. A rod; a stick; a staff.
[ Obsolete] P. Plowman.
If men smote it with a yerde . Chaucer. 2. A branch; a twig.
The bitter frosts with the sleet and rain Chaucer. 3. A long piece of timber, as a rafter, etc.
Destroyed hath the green in every yerd .
[ Obsolete] 4. A measure of length, equaling three feet, or thirty-six inches, being the standard of English and American measure. 5. The penis. 6. (Nautical) A long piece of timber, nearly cylindrical, tapering toward the ends, and designed to support and extend a square sail. A yard is usually hung by the center to the mast. See Illust. of Ship . Golden Yard
, or Yard and Ell (Astron.)
, a popular name of the three stars in the belt of Orion.
-- Under yard
[ i. e.
, under the rod], under contract.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ Middle English yard
, Anglo-Saxon geard
; akin to OFries. garda
garden, Old Saxon gardo
yard, Dutch gaard
garden, German garten
, Old High German garto
inclosure, Icelandic garðr
yard, house, Swedish gård
, Danish gaard
, Goth. gards
a house, garda
sheepfold, Latin hortus
garden, Greek cho`rtos
an inclosure. Confer Court
.] 1. An inclosure; usually, a small inclosed place in front of, or around, a house or barn; as, a court yard ; a cow yard ; a barn yard .
A yard . . . inclosed all about with sticks Chaucer. 2. An inclosure within which any work or business is carried on; as, a dock yard ; a ship yard . Liberty of the yard
In which she had a cock, hight chanticleer.
, 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 (Botany)
, 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 .
Yard transitive verb To confine (cattle) to the yard; to shut up, or keep, in a yard; as, to yard cows.
Yard noun (Zoology) A place where moose or deer herd together in winter for pasture, protection, etc.
Yardarm noun (Nautical) Either half of a square-rigged vessel's yard, from the center or mast to the end. » Ships are said to be yardarm and yardarm when so near as to touch, or interlock yards.
; plural Yardfuls As much as a yard will contain; enough to fill a yard.
Yardland noun (O. Eng. Law) A measure of land of uncertain quantity, varying from fifteen to forty acres; a virgate. [ Obsolete]
Yardstick noun A stick three feet, or a yard, in length, used as a measure of cloth, etc.
Yardwand noun A yardstick. Tennyson.
[ Middle English yare
, Anglo-Saxon gearu
; akin to Old Saxon garu
, Old High German garo
, German gar
, Icelandic gerr
quite, German gerben
to tan, to curry, Old High German garawen
, to make ready. Confer Carouse
] Ready; dexterous; eager; lively; quick to move.
[ Obsolete] "Be yare
in thy preparation." Shak.
The lesser [ ship] will come and go, leave or take, and is yare ; whereas the greater is slow. Sir W. Raleigh.
Yare adverb Soon. [ Obsolete] Cursor Mundi.
Yarely adverb In a yare manner. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Yark transitive verb & i. To yerk. [ Prov. Eng.]
Yarke noun (Zoology) Same as Saki .
[ Middle English yarn
, Anglo-Saxon gearn
; akin to Dutch garen
, G., Old High German , Icelandic , Swedish , & Danish garn
; of uncertain origin. Confer Cord
.] 1. Spun wool; woolen thread; also, thread of other material, as of cotton, flax, hemp, or silk; material spun and prepared for use in weaving, knitting, manufacturing sewing thread, or the like. 2. (Rope Making) One of the threads of which the strands of a rope are composed. 3. A story told by a sailor for the amusement of his companions; a story or tale; as, to spin a yarn .
Yarnen adjective Made of yarn; consisting of yarn. [ Obsolete] "A pair of yarnen stocks." Turbervile.
Yarnut noun (Botany) See Yernut .
Yarr intransitive verb [ Middle English ʒarren .] To growl or snarl as a dog. [ Obsolete] Ainsworth.
Yarrish adjective [ Prov. English yar sour, yare brackish.] Having a rough, dry taste. [ Prov. Eng.]
Yarrow noun [ Middle English yarowe , yarwe , ʒarowe , Anglo-Saxon gearwe ; akin to Dutch gerw , Old High German garwa , garawa , German garbe , schafgarbe , and perhaps to English yare .] (Botany) An American and European composite plant ( Achillea Millefolium ) with very finely dissected leaves and small white corymbed flowers. It has a strong, and somewhat aromatic, odor and taste, and is sometimes used in making beer, or is dried for smoking. Called also milfoil , and nosebleed .
[ So called from its sharp cry uttered when taking wing.] (Zoology) The European bar-tailed godwit; -- called also yardkeep , and yarwhelp . See Godwit .
[ Prov. Eng.]
Yataghan noun [ Turk. yātāghān .] A long knife, or short saber, common among Mohammedan nations, usually having a double curve, sometimes nearly straight. [ Written also ataghan , attaghan .] Chaucer.
Yate noun A gate. See 1st Gate .
[ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.] Spenser.
Yaud noun See Yawd .
[ Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
Yaul noun (Nautical) See Yawl .
Yaulp intransitive verb To yaup.
Yaup intransitive verb
[ See Yap
, and Yelp
.] To cry out like a child; to yelp.
[ Scot. & Colloq. U. S.] [ Written also yawp
Yaup noun [ Written also yawp .]
1. A cry of distress, rage, or the like, as the cry of a sickly bird, or of a child in pain. [ Scot. & Colloq. U. S.] 2. (Zoology) The blue titmouse. [ Prov. Eng.]
Yauper noun One who, or that which, yaups.
Yaupon noun (Botany) A shrub ( Ilex Cassine ) of the Holly family, native from Virginia to Florida. The smooth elliptical leaves are used as a substitute for tea, and were formerly used in preparing the black drink of the Indians of North Carolina. Called also South-Sea tea . [ Written also yapon , youpon , and yupon .]
Yautia noun [ Native name in the Antilles.] In Porto Rico, any of several araceous plants or their starchy edible roots, which are cooked and eaten like yams or potatoes, as the taro.
Yaw intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Yawed
; present participle & verbal noun Yawing
.] [ Confer Yew
, intransitive verb
] To rise in blisters, breaking in white froth, as cane juice in the clarifiers in sugar works.
Yaw intransitive verb & t.
[ Confer Prov. German gagen
to rock, gageln
to totter, shake, Norw. gaga
to bend backward, Icelandic gagr
bent back, gaga
to throw the neck back.] (Nautical) To steer wild, or out of the line of her course; to deviate from her course, as when struck by a heavy sea; -- said of a ship.
Just as he would lay the ship's course, all yawing being out of the question. Lowell.
Yaw noun (Nautical) A movement of a vessel by which she temporarily alters her course; a deviation from a straight course in steering.
Yawd noun [ Confer Icelandic jalda a mare, English jade a nag.] A jade; an old horse or mare. [ Written also yaud .] [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Grose.
Yawi noun A fore-and-aft-rigged vessel with a mainmast stepped a little farther forward than in a sloop and carrying a mainsail and jibs, with a jigger mast far aft, usually placed abaft the rudder post.
[ Dutch jol
; akin to LG. & Danish jolle
, Swedish julle
. Confer Jolly-boat
.] (Nautical) A small ship's boat, usually rowed by four or six oars.
[ Written also yaul
Yawl intransitive verb
[ Middle English ʒaulen
, Icelandic gaula
to low, bellow. Confer Gowl
.] To cry out like a dog or cat; to howl; to yell. Tennyson.
There howling Scyllas yawling round about. Fairfax.
Yawl-rigged adjective (Nautical) Having two masts with fore-and-aft sails, but differing from a schooner in that the after mast is very small, and stepped as far aft as possible. See Illustration in Appendix.
(yan) intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Yawned
; present participle & verbal noun Yawning
.] [ Middle English yanien
, Anglo-Saxon gānian
; akin to ginian
to yawn, gīnan
to yawn, open wide, German gähnen
to yawn, Old High German ginēn
, Icelandic gīna
to yawn, gin
the mouth, OSlav. zijati
to yawn, Latin hiare
to gape, yawn; and perhaps to English begin
, confer Greek cheia`
a hole. √47 b
. Confer Begin
to begin, Hiatus
.] 1. To open the mouth involuntarily through drowsiness, dullness, or fatigue; to gape; to oscitate.
"The lazy, yawning
And while above he spends his breath, Trumbull. 2. To open wide; to gape, as if to allow the entrance or exit of anything.
The yawning audience nod beneath.
't is now the very witching time of night, Shak. 3. To open the mouth, or to gape, through surprise or bewilderment. Shak. 4. To be eager; to desire to swallow anything; to express desire by yawning; as, to yawn for fat livings.
When churchyards yawn .
"One long, yawning
Yawn noun 1. An involuntary act, excited by drowsiness, etc., consisting of a deep and long inspiration following several successive attempts at inspiration, the mouth, fauces, etc., being wide open.
One person yawning in company will produce a spontaneous yawn in all present. N. Chipman. 2. The act of opening wide, or of gaping. Addison. 3. A chasm, mouth, or passageway.
Now gape the graves, and trough their yawns let loose Marston.
Yawningly adverb In a yawning manner.
Yawp v. & noun See Yaup .
Yaws noun [ African yaw a raspberry.] (Medicine) A disease, occurring in the Antilles and in Africa, characterized by yellowish or reddish tumors, of a contagious character, which, in shape and appearance, often resemble currants, strawberries, or raspberries. There are several varieties of this disease, variously known as frambœsia , pian , verrugas , and crab-yaws .