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yard·stick

 (yärd′stĭk′)
n.
1. A graduated measuring stick one yard in length.
2. A test, standard, or model used in measurement, comparison, or judgment.
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yardstick

(ˈjɑːdˌstɪk)
n
1. a measure or standard used for comparison: on what kind of yardstick is he basing his criticism?.
2. (Tools) a graduated stick, one yard long, used for measurement
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yard•stick

(ˈyɑrdˌstɪk)

n.
1. a stick a yard long, commonly marked with subdivisions, used for measuring.
2. any standard of measurement: Tests are not the only yardstick of academic achievement.
[1810–20, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.yardstick - a measure or standard used for comparison; "on what kind of yardstick is he basing his judgment?"
criterion, standard, touchstone, measure - a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated; "the schools comply with federal standards"; "they set the measure for all subsequent work"
2.yardstick - a ruler or tape that is three feet longyardstick - a ruler or tape that is three feet long
ruler, rule - measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths
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yardstick

noun standard, measure, criterion, gauge, benchmark, touchstone, par an exceptional vintage by any yardstick
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yardstick

noun
A means by which individuals are compared and judged:
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Translations
mittatikku

yardstick

[ˈjɑːdstɪk] N (fig) → patrón m, criterio m, medida f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

yardstick

[ˈjɑːrdstɪk] n
(= criterion) → critère m
yardstick of success → critère m de réussite
(= standard for comparison) → point f de référence
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

yardstick

n
(= measuring rod)Elle f
(fig)Maßstab m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

yardstick

[ˈjɑːdstɪk] n (fig) → metro, criterio
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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