Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A railroad employee in charge of a yard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A railroad employer who is in charge of a railway yard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a railroad employer who is in charge of a railway yard

Etymologies

compound yard + master (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Pearl's yardmaster told Nimitz it would take months to refit the carrier.

    Lead Like Chet: Make The Most Of The Recovery

  • He believed that the yardmaster could fix the Yorktown in 72 hours, and he was right.

    Lead Like Chet: Make The Most Of The Recovery

  • In an exceptional cast, Rosario Dawson is Connie, a yardmaster who knows her stuff and has the courage to insist on it; Kevin Corrigan is an intelligent and intuitive federal safety inspector; Ethan Suplee is a dim-bulb threat to safety in the marshaling yard; Kevin Dunn is an invincibly dense manager, and Lew Temple is a welder who seizes the limelight.

    Hard-to-Top

  • Rosario Dawson is splendidly confident as a dedicated assistant yardmaster.

    Unstoppable – review

  • At each dump was another yardmaster who reported the arrivals and departures of trains and his “readiness for spoil,” who ordered the distribution of loaded trains to the several dumping tracks, and who, in addition, directed the movements of the Lidgerwood unloaders as well as two additional pieces of equipment that had since come into use: the dirt spreader and the track shifter.

    The Path Between the Seas

  • When the empty trains returned, it was the yardmaster again who distributed them to the shovels.

    The Path Between the Seas

  • As tensions mount, Willie kills an honest yardmaster who refuses to take a bribe and Leo knocks a cop unconscious in the mêlée in self-defense, after which he's on the run, with the gang, the cops and the press in hot pursuit.

    The Tedium on Mars

  • On seeing what he'd run over, he called for the yardmaster.

    The Cardinal of the Kremlin

  • Getting unhappily to his feet, closing his lesson book, and putting it away in his center desk drawer, the yardmaster put on his official dark-blue jacket and round hat and wheeled his bicycle out from beside the filing cabinet.

    Kahawa

  • This was an official trip, in order for the yardmaster at Luzira to show Sir Denis the trucks waiting to carry the coffee from the train to the aircraft at Entebbe.

    Kahawa

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