Definition of yardstick in English:

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yardstick

Pronunciation: /ˈyärdˌstik/

noun

1A measuring rod a yard long, typically divided into inches.
Example sentences
  • After tamping a few square feet, use a yardstick or a ruler to measure the tamped depth.
  • Then use that as the yardstick to measure the entire piece and make the tough cuts that may need to be made.
  • Tape measures may stretch, yardsticks may chip and rotary cutting mats may warp.
1.1A standard used for comparison: the consumer price index, the government’s yardstick for the cost of living
More example sentences
  • It is too easy to condemn the past by using as a yardstick the standards of modern western democracies.
  • Aid as a share of GDP is the yardstick that is typically used for international comparisons.
  • It is only at the end-point that, for want of a better yardstick, a probabilistic test is applied.
Synonyms
standard, measure, gauge, scale, guide, guideline, indicator, test, touchstone, barometer, criterion, benchmark, point of reference, model, pattern, template

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Syllabification: yard·stick

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