- 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.
Origin of standard
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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.Should Teens Have The Right To Die?
January 8, 2015
Completed in 1953 and composed with standard line breaks and punctuation, the book was completely ignored upon submission.The Lost Novel of Nobel-Winner José Saramago
January 5, 2015
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
December 26, 2014
As it stands, I do not believe we are anywhere close to meeting that standard.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
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
At least they will be my standard of conduct in the path before me.
When one looked at him one felt that he was a standard by which other animals should be measured.Way of the Lawless
He measured your blindness and weakness by the standard of His own knowledge and almightiness.
You might say that a standard of morals is entirely a matter of opinion.
The only standard by which the majority of us appraise our work is man's.
- 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
- denoting or characterized by idiom, vocabulary, etc, that is regarded as correct and acceptable by educated native speakersCompare nonstandard, informal
- British (formerly) (of eggs) of a size that is smaller than large and larger than medium
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.
- 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.