Definition of standard in English:

standard

Syllabification: stand·ard
Pronunciation: /ˈstandərd
 
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noun

  • 1A level of quality or attainment: their restaurant offers a high standard of service the governor’s ambition to raise standards in schools
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    • The watchdog criticised low standards, poor quality teaching and ineffective management.
    • Staff at Orkney Islands Council's social work department will be rewarded for their efforts in helping to raise standards and improve the quality of service.
    • Concerns were raised about falling quality standards.
    Synonyms
    quality, level, grade, caliber, merit, excellence
  • 1.1A required or agreed level of quality or attainment: half of the beaches fail to comply with EPA standards their tap water was not up to standard
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    • Another feature of this bill is the implicit incentive to maintain a required level of safety standards.
    • These goggles meet the applicable safety standards and requirements.
    • All areas of learning were marked good quality and met the standards required.
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  • 2An idea or thing used as a measure, norm, or model in comparative evaluations: the wages are low by today’s standards the system had become an industry standard
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    • Compared to world standards, our Indian norms are quite strict.
    • If it was measured by today's standards, it would qualify as a great fight.
    • It manages to be both an industry standard, and a daring departure from the norm.
  • 2.1 (standards) Principles of conduct informed by notions of honor and decency: a decline in moral standards
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    • It has been a bad week for those of us who believe that people in positions of power and influence are governed by the same standards of decency and integrity with which we conduct our own lives.
    • Society is creating an underclass without standards, principles or decency, but nobody seems to recognise this, let alone be doing anything about it.
    • Victory implies doing what is right; doing what is right implies morality; morality implies standards of conduct.
    Synonyms
    principle, ideal; (standards) code of behavior, code of honor, morals, scruples, ethics
  • 2.2A form of language that is widely accepted as the correct form.
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    • The missionaries chose the Wemo dialect as the standard for the Kâte language in 1892.
    • As a consequence, many native speakers of a dialect may learn the standard as a secondary variety of their own language.
    • It was one variety of the language of London also which, from the 15th century onwards, acquired the status of a standard spoken language.
  • 2.3The prescribed weight of fine metal in gold or silver coins: the sterling standard for silver
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    • One of the company's most important functions, then as now, is marking gold and silver to a certain standard.
    • The jewellers in the recent past had started advertising the purity standards of the gold they use in their jewellery.
  • 2.4A system by which the value of a currency is defined in terms of gold or silver or both.
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    • The world is moving toward a system that regards gold as the standard of all economic value.
    • For a time during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries gold provided a universal standard of value.
    • Gold and silver vessels served in effect as large denomination banknotes, and weighed round figures in terms of the prevailing currency standards.
  • 3An object that is supported in an upright position, in particular.
  • 3.1A military or ceremonial flag carried on a pole or hoisted on a rope.
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    • Sir Marcus Worsley gave a tribute to the Queen Mother and members of the Malton and Norton branch of the Royal British Legion carried a standard.
    • A single-headed eagle, grasping a swastika, was carried on German flags and standards between 1933 and 1945.
    • Led by a military band and with standards flying, they march onto the town square.
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  • 3.2A tree or shrub that grows on an erect stem of full height.
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    • Of the soft fruits, gooseberries and redcurrants can be left as a bush or grown as a standard.
  • 3.3A shrub grafted on an erect stem and trained in tree form.
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    • She trains this fast-growing shrub as a standard, sending the blooms up rather than out.
    • Pineapple Beauty, which has yellow-green leaves that turn gold, is one of the taller varieties and can be trained as a standard.
    • On Talkback Gardening, local rose expert, Dean Stringer, explained the finer points of pruning a bush rose and a standard.
  • 3.4 Botany The large frequently erect uppermost petal of a papilionaceous flower. Also called vexillum.
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    • Lathyrus hirsutus..Flowers in.; standard crimson
    • Papilionaceous describes a corolla having a standard, wings, and keel, as in the peculiar corolla of many Leguminosae.
  • 3.5 Botany One of the inner petals of an iris flower, frequently erect.
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    • Rather than 3 standards, falls, etc, Iris with this factor have 4 standards, 4, beards, 4 falls, and 4 stylearms.
    • The 3 upright petals are called standards; the 3 that hang down are called falls.
  • 3.6An upright water or gas pipe.
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    • This paradise, five miles from the standard at Cornhill.
  • 4A tune or song of established popularity.
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    • A lot of songs go country-western; others take on the form of jazz standards and bossa nova pop.
    • Naylor likes to sing a jazz standard over a rock instrumental, or vice versa.
    • Renditions of blues standards are played in a late '60s style of rock.

adjective

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  • 1Used or accepted as normal or average: the standard rate of income tax it is standard practice in museums to register objects as they are acquired
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    • While still common in rural areas of Korea, these customs are no longer standard practice in cities.
    • It is not standard practice in an ordinary domestic context to warn a person of his impending arrest.
    • Such is the imbalance that a couple both earning the average wage in Edinburgh would no longer be able to secure a standard mortgage for an average house
    Synonyms
  • 1.1(Of a size, measure, design, etc.) such as is regularly used or produced; not special or exceptional: all these doors come in a range of standard sizes
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    • They can be ordered in standard sizes or custom designed to fit any application.
    • Also included are new collections of art and design work published in standard sizes.
    • Batts are available in standard widths designed to match the cavities created by wall studs.
  • 1.2(Of a work, repertoire, or writer) viewed as authoritative or of permanent value and so widely read or performed: his essays on the interpretation of reality became a standard text
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    • Abraham's work is almost all related to Maxwell's theory and he wrote a text which was the standard work on electrodynamics in Germany for a long time.
    • It's in the standard repertoire of rhetorical performance in English.
    • He was instrumental in defining the European musical canon, what we now think of as the standard repertoire, which he had most of by heart.
    Synonyms
    definitive, established, classic, recognized, accepted, authoritative, most reliable, exhaustive
  • 1.3Denoting or relating to the spoken or written form of a language widely accepted as usual and correct: speakers of standard English
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    • In the last two decades, there has been a thoroughgoing reconsideration of the idea of a standard language or dialect or variety.
    • Radio and television impose the Cairo-spoken language as the standard dialect of Egypt.
    • The emergence of standard languages, as well as literary forms, is intimately connected with socio-political context.
  • 2 [attributive] (Of a tree or shrub) growing on an erect stem of full height.
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    • Pears can be grown as standard trees or as fan-trained specimens against a sunny wall.
    • A standard apple tree usually takes two years to start fruiting and four years to reach full production.
    • So you can have patio roses; you can have very small standard apple trees that you can grow on your terrace if you've not much space.
  • 2.1(Of a shrub) grafted on an erect stem and trained in tree form: standard roses
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    • If space in your yard is at a premium, the bushes can be trained to a standard form that can be tucked into virtually any garden area.
    • They are hardier than standard roses and easy to grow, and they flower over a long period in a painter's palate of colors.
    • Certain types of standard roses or pillars require special techniques.

Phrases

raise one's (or the) standard

Take up arms; oppose: he is the only one who has dared raise his standard against her
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  • James Edward never returned, but his younger son Charles Edward landed in Scotland in July 1745 to raise his standard again.
  • When Charles I raised his standard at Nottingham and declared war on his people, the question of his judgement and of his trustworthiness was one which divided the nation.
  • The castle remained a royal stronghold, and it was at Nottingham that Charles I raised his standard in 1642.

Derivatives

standardly

adverb
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  • Philosophical thinking in children can hardly be seen as primitive or early-stage efforts to develop a capacity that adults normally and standardly have in a mature form.
  • It probably is only an historical accident that we standardly speak of ‘normative ethics’ but not of ‘normative epistemology’.
  • Apparently, reviews of Ms. Vida's work standardly mention that she's married to Dave Eggers well before anything actually pertaining to the work itself.

Origin

Middle English (denoting a flag raised on a pole as a rallying point, the authorized exemplar of a unit of measurement, or an upright timber): shortening of Old French estendart, from estendre 'extend'; sense 3 of the noun, influenced by the verb stand.

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