Meaning of STANDARD in English


/stan"deuhrd/ , n.

1. something considered by an authority or by general consent as a basis of comparison; an approved model.

2. an object that is regarded as the usual or most common size or form of its kind: We stock the deluxe models as well as the standards.

3. a rule or principle that is used as a basis for judgment: They tried to establish standards for a new philosophical approach.

4. an average or normal requirement, quality, quantity, level, grade, etc.: His work this week hasn't been up to his usual standard.

5. standards , those morals, ethics, habits, etc., established by authority, custom, or an individual as acceptable: He tried to live up to his father's standards.

6. a grade of beef immediately below good.

7. the authorized exemplar of a unit of weight or measure.

8. a certain commodity in or by which a basic monetary unit is stated. Cf. gold standard, silver standard, bimetallism, monometallism .

9. the legally established content of full-weight coins.

10. the prescribed degree of fineness for gold or silver.

11. Brit. a class or grade in elementary schools.

12. a musical piece of sufficiently enduring popularity to be made part of a permanent repertoire, esp. a popular song.

13. a flag indicating the presence of a sovereign or public official.

14. a flag, emblematic figure, or other object raised on a pole to indicate the rallying point of an army, fleet, etc.

15. Mil.

a. any of various military or naval flags.

b. the colors of a mounted unit.

c. ( cap. ) a U.S. Navy radar-guided surface-to-air missile with a range of 10-30 miles (16-48 km).

16. Heraldry. a long, tapering flag or ensign, as of a monarch or a nation.

17. something that stands or is placed upright.

18. a long candlestick or candelabrum used in a church.

19. an upright support or supporting part.

20. Armor. a standing collar of mail.

21. Hort. a plant trained or grafted to have a single, erect, treelike stem.

22. Bot. a distinct petal, larger than the rest, of certain flowers; a vexillum.


23. serving as a basis of weight, measure, value, comparison, or judgment.

24. of recognized excellence or established authority: a standard reference on medieval history.

25. usual, common, or customary: Chairs are standard furniture in American households.

26. manual; not electric or automatic: standard transmission.

27. conforming in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, etc., to the usage of most educated native speakers, esp. those having prestige, and widely considered acceptable or correct: Standard American English; standard pronunciation. Cf. nonstandard (def. 2).

28. authorized or approved: The program was broadcast on the standard broadcast band.

[ 1125-75; ME standord (cf. G Standort standing-point), conformed to -ard -ARD ]

Syn. 1, 3. gauge, basis, pattern, guide. STANDARD, CRITERION refer to the basis for making a judgment. A STANDARD is an authoritative principle or rule that usually implies a model or pattern for guidance, by comparison with which the quantity, excellence, correctness, etc., of other things may be determined: She could serve as the standard of good breeding. A CRITERION is a rule or principle used to judge the value, suitability, probability, etc., of something, without necessarily implying any comparison: Wealth is no criterion of a person's worth.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .