standard

noun
stan·​dard | \ ˈstan-dərd How to pronounce standard (audio) \

Definition of standard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a conspicuous object (such as a banner) formerly carried at the top of a pole and used to mark a rallying point especially in battle or to serve as an emblem
2a : a long narrow tapering flag that is personal to an individual or corporation and bears heraldic devices
b : the personal flag of the head of a state or of a member of a royal family
c : an organization flag carried by a mounted or motorized military unit
3 : something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model or example : criterion quite slow by today's standards
4 : something set up and established by authority as a rule for the measure of quantity, weight, extent, value, or quality
5a : the fineness and legally fixed weight of the metal used in coins
b : the basis of value in a monetary system the gold standard
6 : a structure built for or serving as a base or support
7a : a shrub or herb grown with an erect main stem so that it forms or resembles a tree
b : a fruit tree grafted on a stock that does not induce dwarfing
8 or standard petal
a : the upper, large, often lobed petal of a papilionaceous flower (as of a pea or bean plant) : banner sense 6, vexillum sense 3 — compare keel sense 2b, wing sense 2e(2)
b : one of the three inner usually erect and incurved petals of an iris — compare fall sense 3f
9 : a musical composition (such as a song) that has become a part of the standard repertoire
10 : a vehicle with a manual transmission : manual Her new car is a standard.

standard

adjective

Definition of standard (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : constituting or conforming to a standard especially as established by law or custom standard weight
b : sound and usable but not of top quality standard beef
2a : regularly and widely used, available, or supplied standard automobile equipment
b : well-established and very familiar the standard opera
3 : having recognized and permanent value a standard reference work
4 : substantially uniform and well established by usage in the speech and writing of the educated and widely recognized as acceptable standard pronunciation is subject to regional variations

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Other Words from standard

Noun

standardless adjective

Adjective

standardly adverb

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Noun

standard, criterion, gauge, yardstick, touchstone mean a means of determining what a thing should be. standard applies to any definite rule, principle, or measure established by authority. standards of behavior criterion may apply to anything used as a test of quality whether formulated as a rule or principle or not. questioned the critic's criteria for excellence gauge applies to a means of testing a particular dimension (such as thickness, depth, diameter) or figuratively a particular quality or aspect. polls as a gauge of voter dissatisfaction yardstick is an informal substitute for criterion that suggests quantity more often than quality. housing construction as a yardstick of economic growth touchstone suggests a simple test of the authenticity or value of something intangible. fine service is one touchstone of a first-class restaurant

Examples of standard in a Sentence

Noun By modern standards, the house is just too small. This book is the standard by which all others must be judged. Adjective a window of standard width The movie was a pretty standard romantic comedy. The word is considered standard.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The state initiated Phase One of its reopening plan on May 15, but northern Virginia was allowed to wait until midnight on May 28 to start reopening, to give local businesses more time to meet the new health and safety standards. Fox News, "Virgina Gov. Northam criticized after not wearing mask or social distancing on beach," 24 May 2020 Counties lag on coronavirus testing Just three of the nine Bay Area counties are conducting enough daily coronavirus tests to meet state standards to safely reopen — yet all are moving forward to lift shelter-in-place restrictions. Anna Buchmann, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Why has protective gear been so hard to get?," 22 May 2020 The state on April 10 began new reporting standards to include more types of testing and cases identified from non-testing evidence. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Mapping Ohio’s 30,794 coronavirus cases, updates, trends," 22 May 2020 That meant only changes from the immediately prior 737 model had to be examined during certification, rather than ensuring that every structure and system on the airplane met all the latest airworthiness safety standards. Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, "FAA response to 737 MAX crash report preserves Boeing’s big role in certifying its own planes," 20 May 2020 The plan does not specify who would provide the masks or to what standards the mask must meet. Catherine Candisky, Cincinnati.com, "Here’s what Ohio schools might look like when classes resume," 14 May 2020 Even in beta form, the 11-year-old game became the immediate standard-bearer for the cutting-edge lighting technology. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia releases 5 more free ray-traced Minecraft worlds," 14 May 2020 Students who need to continue research in labs will also continue forward under rigorous safety standards. Theresa Waldrop, Jon Passantino And Sarah Moon, CNN, "California's main universities not likely to return to campus this fall," 12 May 2020 Signature is cooperating fully with IOSHA, the government agency charged with reviewing workplace injuries and workplace safety standards. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "As Indiana nursing home COVID-19 deaths climb to 584, state keeps locations secret," 11 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Egotism, ruthlessness, and manipulation are standard requirements for the pitch of global fame Warhol finally reached. Gary Indiana, Harper's Magazine, "Always Leave Them Wanting Less," 25 May 2020 For gridscale electricity produced in standard solar farms this arrangement is likely to continue. The Economist, "Solar’s new power New solar cells extract more energy from sunshine," 23 May 2020 What's clear for now, though, is that the newly emerging 60fps standard for modern games falls short of a heavy-handed requirement for all games to hit that mark. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Some Xbox Series X games won’t hit 60fps “performance target”," 13 May 2020 Saliva testing: Deep nasal swabs are the standard to test for respiratory viruses, requiring you to reach back to the intersection of the nose and throat. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Will coronavirus crisis force regionalism on Greater Cleveland? The Wake Up for Tuesday, May 5, 2020," 5 May 2020 The hospital had sent them a warning that a federal agency issued a notice that the masks weren’t up to the standard their label suggested. ... Mark Maremont, WSJ, "‘We Weren’t Protected’: Low-Quality Masks Infiltrate U.S. Coronavirus Supply," 3 May 2020 Though the study was small, the results are impressive because the patients had tumors in their lungs that were not responding to Opdivo, one of the checkpoint-inhibitor immunotherapies that are now standard of care. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "Custom cell therapy shrinks lung tumors, seeding hope for a new cancer treatment," 27 Apr. 2020 Such practices are now standard throughout the political sphere. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "How political campaigns use personal data to decode voters’ opinions," 23 Apr. 2020 Maybe some of the crowd are there for the chimichangas, but the real allure is the Tommy’s margarita — maybe the most famous margarita in the world, thanks to owner Julio Bermejo’s pioneering use of 100% agave Tequila, which wasn’t always standard. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sanity, delivered," 11 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of standard

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for standard

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French estandard banner, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English standan to stand and probably to Old High German hart hard

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Time Traveler for standard

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The first known use of standard was in the 12th century

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Last Updated

27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Standard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/standard. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for standard

standard

noun
How to pronounce standard (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of standard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a level of quality, achievement, etc., that is considered acceptable or desirable
: ideas about morally correct and acceptable behavior
: something that is very good and that is used to make judgments about the quality of other things

standard

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of standard (Entry 2 of 2)

: regularly and widely used, seen, or accepted : not unusual or special
: generally accepted and used because of high quality or excellence
: accepted and used by most of the educated speakers and writers of a language

standard

noun
stan·​dard | \ ˈstan-dərd How to pronounce standard (audio) \

Kids Definition of standard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something set up as a rule for measuring or as a model a standard of weight “There have to be standards. We can't have kids walking around saying ‘ain't’ …”— Andrew Clements, Frindle
2 : the personal flag of the ruler of a state
3 : an upright support a lamp standard
4 : a figure used as a symbol by an organized body of people

standard

adjective

Kids Definition of standard (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : used as or matching a model or rule to compare against standard weight
2 : regularly and widely used It's a standard practice in the trade. The script is standard … and so are the costumes …— Barbara Robinson, Best Christmas Pageant
3 : widely known and accepted to be of good and permanent value The book is a standard reference work on grammar.

standard

noun
stan·​dard | \ ˈstan-dərd How to pronounce standard (audio) \

Medical Definition of standard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something set up or established by an authority as a rule for the measure of quantity, weight, extent, value, or quality

standard

adjective

Medical Definition of standard (Entry 2 of 2)

: constituting or conforming to a standard especially as established by law or custom standard weight

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standard

noun
stan·​dard

Legal Definition of standard

1 : something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model, example, or point of reference the standard of the reasonable person
2 : something established by authority as a rule for the measure of quantity, weight, extent, value, or quality
3 : the basis of value in a monetary system

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