Definition of yardstick
1a : a graduated measuring stick three feet (0.9144 meter) longb : 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.
Recent Examples of yardstick from the Web
Another yardstick: Animal Services euthanized 274 pets from Jan. 1 through April 30, compared with 366 for the same period of 2016 and 394 through April 30, 2015, according to figures provided by department spokeswoman Erica Coghill.
At the other end of the experience yardstick from Dansby are 11 former Auburn players who are on current NFL rosters, but who have never appeared in an NFL regular-season game.
But as audiences discover during that examination, humans are using the wrong yardstick.
Fujifilm gets this: There is strong demand in the digital camera market to increase the number of pixels on a sensor, which, all too often, is used as a convenient yardstick for image quality […]
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First Known Use of yardstick
Synonym Discussion of yardstick
YARDSTICK Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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