Meaning of YARDSTICK in English

ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun


a. : a measuring stick three feet long usually marked off in feet, inches, and fractions of inches

b. : a standard basis of calculation

these distances were the yardsticks for measuring … extragalactic distances — Adolph Knopf

2. : a test or standard applied in making a critical judgement : criterion , touchstone

development of atomic power by the Government as a yardstick for measuring the costs of private producers — Don Pryor

let the general good be our yardstick on every great issue — D.D.Eisenhower

the level of excellence achieved in the novel … provides an imposing yardstick against which the film repeatedly will be measured — Arthur Knight

Synonyms: see standard

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