yardstick

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noun yard·stick \ˈyärd-ˌstik\

Definition of yardstick

  1. 1a :  a graduated measuring stick three feet (0.9144 meter) longb :  a standard basis of calculation a yardstick for measuring astronomical distances

  2. 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

  1. Some feel that test scores aren't an adequate yardstick for judging a student's ability.

  2. Ratings are the yardstick by which TV shows are evaluated by networks.

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First Known Use of yardstick

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Synonym Discussion of yardstick

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

YARDSTICK Defined for English Language Learners

yardstick

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noun yard·stick \ˈyärd-ˌstik\

Definition of yardstick for English Language Learners

  • : 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


YARDSTICK Defined for Kids

yardstick

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noun yard·stick \ˈyärd-ˌstik\

Definition of yardstick for Students

  1. 1 :  a measuring stick a yard long

  2. 2 :  a rule or standard by which something is measured or judged His story by any yardstick was dull.



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