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steel +‎ yard (enclosed area, rod); sense of place a calque of Dutch staalhof/Middle Low German Stalhof (Modern Dutch staal (steel) + hof (court, yard)). In sense of “balance” presumably from the place, originally “steelyard beam”, mixed with additional sense of “rod” (hence “rod for weighing steel”), replacing earlier Latin statera.

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A 19th-century steelyard.
 
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steelyard (plural steelyards)

  1. A transportable balance with unequal arm lengths.
  2. A place where steel (and possibly other metals as well) is stored and sold.

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