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1a level of quality or attainment:their restaurant offers a high standard of service the governor’s ambition to raise standards in schools a 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 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
) principles of conduct informed by notions of honor and decency:a decline in moral standards
a form of language that is widely accepted as the correct form. the prescribed weight of fine metal in gold or silver coins:the sterling standard for silver a system by which the value of a currency is defined in terms of gold or silver or both.
3an object that is supported in an upright position, in particular. a military or ceremonial flag carried on a pole or hoisted on a rope. a tree or shrub that grows on an erect stem of full height. a shrub grafted on an erect stem and trained in tree form. Botany the large frequently erect uppermost petal of a papilionaceous flower. Also called vexillum. Botany one of the inner petals of an iris flower, frequently erect. an upright water or gas pipe. 4a tune or song of established popularity.
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 (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 (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 denoting or relating to the spoken or written form of a language widely accepted as usual and correct:speakers of standard English 2 [attributive] (of a tree or shrub) growing on an erect stem of full height. (of a shrub) grafted on an erect stem and trained in tree form:standard roses