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
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.
Recent Examples on the Web
The national shortage of neurologists The critical neurologist shortage affects the travel times for Medicare patients, as well as the standard of care.—Margie Zable Fisher, Fortune Well, 26 Nov. 2023 No lesser standard, given the current state of the franchise, is acceptable.—Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Nov. 2023 Zojirushi Zojirushi rice cookers set the standard for rice cooker technology with its micom (short for microcomputer) machines.—Wilder Davies, Bon Appétit, 24 Nov. 2023 China can minimize the fee by adhering to the same environmental standards as U.S.-based manufacturers.—WSJ, 24 Nov. 2023 If there is an absolute standard of rest, then going faster than light no longer immediately implies the ability to go back in time.—Jennifer Ouellette and Sean M. Carroll, Ars Technica, 24 Nov. 2023 Manufacturers faced less stringent standards and could pay lower wages abroad.—Bret Baier, Fox News, 22 Nov. 2023 Some of Mayo’s clinical leaders are also working to develop standards for AI adoption and testing through the Coalition for Health AI, a group that includes Stanford, Duke, and Johns Hopkins as well as Microsoft and federal regulators.—Casey Ross, STAT, 21 Nov. 2023 While the danger of DEI is especially acute in medical schools, the ideology damages educational standards and jeopardizes free speech everywhere.—Stanley Goldfarb, National Review, 21 Nov. 2023
Tightening the initial standard immigrants must meet when seeking asylum is a focus of talks aiming at a bipartisan border deal in the Senate.—WSJ, 27 Nov. 2023 The Project Overland may look like your standard GV70 at a glance, but closer inspection reveals that it’s been equipped with all manner of off-roading goodies.—Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 27 Nov. 2023 The Catalyst 18 is the standard daypack in Mystery Ranch's lineup, but features the company's three-zip design.—Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, 27 Nov. 2023 Both doc features were nuanced studies of the impact of Chicago school of Neoliberal thought on standard economic policy in Augusto Pinochet’s Chile.—John Hopewell, Variety, 27 Nov. 2023 The company also vowed to refund those who signed up for the cruise, whose costs ranged from $29,999 a year for a standard interior cabin all the way up to $109,000 per year for a luxurious suite with a large balcony.—Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 The suitcase has a duffel-style opening in addition to the standard clamshell style for added versatility.—Morgan Ashley Parker, Travel + Leisure, 24 Nov. 2023 The layout can be adapted to suit specific needs, but the standard design offers six sumptuous staterooms.—Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 15 Nov. 2023 In Arizona, Chansley’s decision to run for office is almost standard.—WIRED, 15 Nov. 2023 See More
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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