1) A three-foot rod for measuring.
c.1450 j gallon, j potell and j qwarte, j yerde wande and weghttes, New Malton
1495 ordand that the serchours of the craft of mercery sall serche ... all yerdwands and weghtes and messors, York
1609 John Proude ... for selling clothe with a false yarde wande in the Kinges Markett, Helmsley
1641 having a false yeard wand in the markett place, Scarborough.