Simple Definition of yardstick
: a long, flat tool that is one yard long and is used to measure things
: a rule or specific idea about what is acceptable or desirable that is used to judge or measure something
Full Definition of yardstick
1 a : a graduated measuring stick three feet (0.9144 meter) long b : a standard basis of calculation <a yardstick for measuring astronomical distances>
2 : a standard for making a critical judgment : criterion <measured by the yardstick of her first book> <was a great success by any yardstick>
Examples of yardstick in a sentence
Some feel that test scores aren't an adequate yardstick for judging a student's ability.
Ratings are the yardstick by which TV shows are evaluated by networks.
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YARDSTICK Defined for Kids
Definition of yardstick for Students
1 : a measuring stick a yard long
2 : a rule or standard by which something is measured or judged <His story by any yardstick was dull.>
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