[ stan-derd ]
/ ˈstæn dərd /
something considered by an authority or by general consent as a basis of comparison; an approved model.
an object that is regarded as the usual or most common size or form of its kind: We stock the deluxe models as well as the standards.
a rule or principle that is used as a basis for judgment: They tried to establish standards for a new philosophical approach.
an average or normal requirement, quality, quantity, level, grade, etc.: His work this week hasn't been up to his usual standard.
standards, those morals, ethics, habits, etc., established by authority, custom, or an individual as acceptable: He tried to live up to his father's standards.
a grade of beef immediately below good.
the authorized exemplar of a unit of weight or measure.
a certain commodity in or by which a basic monetary unit is stated.Compare gold standard, silver standard, bimetallism, monometallism.
the legally established content of full-weight coins.
the prescribed degree of fineness for gold or silver.
British. a class or grade in elementary schools.
a musical piece of sufficiently enduring popularity to be made part of a permanent repertoire, especially a popular song.
a flag indicating the presence of a sovereign or public official.
a flag, emblematic figure, or other object raised on a pole to indicate the rallying point of an army, fleet, etc.
- any of various military or naval flags.
- the colors of a mounted unit.
- (initial capital letter) a U.S. Navy radar-guided surface-to-air missile with a range of 10–30 miles (16–48 km).
Heraldry. a long, tapering flag or ensign, as of a monarch or a nation.
something that stands or is placed upright.
a long candlestick or candelabrum used in a church.
an upright support or supporting part.
Armor. a standing collar of mail.
Horticulture. a plant trained or grafted to have a single, erect, treelike stem.
Botany. a distinct petal, larger than the rest, of certain flowers; a vexillum.
serving as a basis of weight, measure, value, comparison, or judgment.
of recognized excellence or established authority: a standard reference on medieval history.
usual, common, or customary: Chairs are standard furniture in American households.
manual; not electric or automatic: standard transmission.
conforming in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, etc., to the usage of most educated native speakers, especially those having prestige, and widely considered acceptable or correct: Standard American English; standard pronunciation.Compare nonstandard(def 2).
authorized or approved: The program was broadcast on the standard broadcast band.
Words nearby standard
Origin of standard
1125–75; Middle English < Old French, probably < Frankish *standord (compare German Standort standing-point), conformed to -ard -ard
SYNONYMS FOR standard
1, 3 gauge, basis, pattern, guide. Standard, criterion refer to the basis for making a judgment. A standard is an authoritative principle or rule that usually implies a model or pattern for guidance, by comparison with which the quantity, excellence, correctness, etc., of other things may be determined: She could serve as the standard of good breeding. A criterion is a rule or principle used to judge the value, suitability, probability, etc., of something, without necessarily implying any comparison: Wealth is no criterion of a person's worth.
OTHER WORDS FROM standardpre·stand·ard, noun, adjectivesu·per·stand·ard, noun, adjectiveun·stand·ard, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
British Dictionary definitions for prestandard
/ (ˈstændəd) /
an accepted or approved example of something against which others are judged or measured
(often plural) a principle of propriety, honesty, and integrityshe has no standards
a level of excellence or qualitya low standard of living
any distinctive flag, device, etc, as of a nation, sovereign, or special cause
- any of a variety of naval or military flags
- the colours of a cavalry regiment
a flag or emblem formerly used to show the central or rallying point of an army in battle
a large tapering flag ending in two points, originally borne by a sovereign or high-ranking noble
the commodity or commodities in which is stated the value of a basic monetary unitthe gold standard
an authorized model of a unit of measure or weight
a unit of board measure equal to 1980 board feet
(in coinage) the prescribed proportion by weight of precious metal and base metal that each coin must contain
an upright pole or beam, esp one used as a support
- a piece of furniture consisting of an upright pole or beam on a base or support
- (as modifier)a standard lamp
- a plant, esp a fruit tree, that is trained so that it has an upright stem free of branches
- (as modifier)a standard cherry
a song or piece of music that has remained popular for many years
the largest petal of a leguminous flower, such as a sweetpea
(in New Zealand and, formerly, in England and Wales) a class or level of attainment in an elementary school
of the usual, regularized, medium, or accepted kinda standard size
of recognized authority, competence, or excellencethe standard work on Greece
Word Origin for standard
C12: from Old French estandart gathering place, flag to mark such a place, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German stantan to stand, Old High German ort place
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Medicine definitions for prestandard
[ stăn′dərd ]
An acknowledged measure of comparison for quantitative or qualitative value; a criterion.
An object that under specified conditions defines, represents, or records the magnitude of a unit.
Serving as or conforming to a standard of measurement or value.
Widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.