- 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).
Origin of standard
Examples from the Web for standard
The same Pediatrics journal notes that 17 states have some form of exception to the standard parental consent requirement.
Completed in 1953 and composed with standard line breaks and punctuation, the book was completely ignored upon submission.
It was not only the advice that I gave parents about their kids, it was the standard I held for my own.Yes, Your Toddler Can Watch TV: The New Rules for Screen Time|Russell Saunders|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As it stands, I do not believe we are anywhere close to meeting that standard.
He says it is standard to call ahead to ask what sorts of services are offered.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A study has also been made of standard designs for freight-cars of special types, such as tank-cars, steel-cars, and the like.Our Railroads To-Morrow|Edward Hungerford
By this standard legislative bodies have been wont to judge the exigency of this mighty question.
In testing the function of these bows and their ability to shoot, a bamboo flight arrow made by Ishi was used as the standard.Hunting with the Bow and Arrow|Saxton Pope
Here is the city of Alaungpaya; here Mindn Min raised the standard of revolt against his brother.A Civil Servant in Burma|Herbert Thirkel White
These instruments created a standard so that they are now the most highly prized violins in existence.Selections From American Poetry|Various
British Dictionary definitions for standard
- any of a variety of naval or military flags
- the colours of a cavalry regiment
- 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
Word Origin for standard
Word Origin and History for standard
mid-12c., "flag or other conspicuous object to serve as a rallying point for a military force," from Old French estandart, probably from Frankish *standhard, literally "stand fast or firm," a compound of words similar to Gothic standan "to stand" (see stand) and hardus "hard" (see hard). So called because the flag was fixed to a pole or spear and stuck in the ground to stand upright.
The other theory connects the Old French word to estendre "to stretch out," from Latin extendere (see extend). Meaning "unit of measure" is early 14c., from Anglo-French, where it was used 13c., and is perhaps metaphoric, the royal standard coming to stand for royal authority in matters like setting weights and measures. Hence the meaning "authoritative or recognized exemplar of quality or correctness" (late 15c.).
Meaning "rule, principal or means of judgment" is from 1560s. That of "definite level of attainment" is attested from 1711 (e.g. standard of living, 1903). Some senses (e.g. "upright pole," mid-15c.) seem to be influenced by stand (v.). Standard-bearer in the figurative sense is from 1560s.