Definition of yardstick
- a yardstick for measuring astronomical distances
- measured by the yardstick of her first book
- was a great success by any yardstick
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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: 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
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