What is a yard ? Definition and examples.

A yard is a unit of length in the customary system of measurement that is equal to 3 feet or 36 inches. One yard is slightly smaller than 1 meter.

1 yard  = 0.9144 meter.


Suppose a full-grown person stretches one of his arms as shown above.

Then, the distance from his nose to the tip of his finger is approximately 1 yard or 36 inches.

Other things that measure  approximately 1 yard.

  • Suppose your height is 5'10", then 1 yard is about the distance from your waist to the floor.

  • The width of many refrigerators is about 1 yard.

  • The height of a 3-year old child could be about 1 yard.

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