Definition of yardstick in English:

yardstick

Line breaks: yard|stick
Pronunciation: /ˈjɑːdstɪk
 
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noun

  • 1A measuring rod a yard long, typically divided into inches.
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    • 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: league tables are not the only yardstick of schools' performance
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    • 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, specification, criterion, norm, average, benchmark, point of reference, model, pattern, rule, principle, paradigm, convention, ideal

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