Definition of press-yard in English:

press-yard

noun

historical
  • A yard at the former Newgate Prison, London, where the torture of peine forte et dure is believed to have originally been carried out, and from which, at a later period, condemned prisoners started for the place of execution.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Mercurius Civicus. From press + yard.

Pronunciation

press-yard

/ˈprɛsjɑːd/