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[greyv-yahrd] /ˈgreɪvˌyɑrd/
a burial ground, often associated with smaller rural churches, as distinct from a larger urban or public cemetery.
Informal. graveyard shift.
a place in which obsolete or derelict objects are kept:
an automobile graveyard.
Origin of graveyard
1765-75; grave1 + yard2 Unabridged
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  • Meigs cast about for a new graveyard to accommodate the rising tide of bodies.
  • Eventually, the dinosaur graveyard was covered with sediment and preserved for tens of millions of years.
  • The building was near a graveyard which may have had something to do with it.
  • Services, in contrast, appear to be a graveyard for productivity.
  • The country was a smoking graveyard, whose citizens mostly regarded their new rulers with fear and suspicion.
  • The evidence is silent, lost in the graveyard of history.
  • These days the graveyard hardly lends itself to quiet reverie.
  • The murdered gorillas were carried out of the park and to a nearby graveyard on stretchers.
  • He had entered a drug-treatment program and landed a job working the graveyard shift at a condiment factory in the suburbs.
  • Anyone hoping for a level of fence-whitewashing or a trip through the graveyard will be sorely disappointed.
British Dictionary definitions for graveyard


a place for graves; a burial ground, esp a small one or one in a churchyard
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Word Origin and History for graveyard

1773, from grave (n.) + yard (n.1). Graveyard shift "late-night work" is c.1907, from earlier nautical term, in reference to the loneliness of after-hours work.

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