- 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).
- stand-off half,
- standard amenities,
- standard assessment tasks,
- standard atmosphere,
- standard bicarbonate,
- standard book number
Origin of standard
Examples from the Web for standards
Are the standards for female beauty in Hollywood ridiculous?Renée Zellweger Got a New Face—and Everyone Had An Opinion About It|Kevin O’Keeffe|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Co-founder Missy Suicide opens up about standards of beauty, controversy, and body art.Masters of Alt Sex: SuicideGirls Hits Puberty and Wants to Invade Your TV Set|Marlow Stern|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Did they live their lives in a matter befitting of our standards?The Post-Brown and Garner Question: Who ‘Deserves’ to Die?|Goldie Taylor|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Indeed, they view us as children who can never adhere to the standards of civility and decency to which they hold other groups.Dear White People: Well-Meaning Paternalism Is Still Racist|Chloé Valdary|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sadly, some set their standards for Sasha and Malia higher than others.
The stout youth's standards were his own, and rigid, as is often the case with people of his type.The Rules of the Game|Stewart Edward White
Under such circumstances we need not wonder that the standards of the laity were low.The Age of Erasmus|P. S. Allen
He possesses every gift which women and men both admire, but he hasn't our standards.The Great Prince Shan|E. Phillips Oppenheim
I'll telephone Washington and have some men with apparatus sent right down from the Bureau of Standards.The Great Drought|Sterner St. Paul Meek
It makes very little sense to speak of standards in connection with problems of living that come about from demoralization.When You Don't Know Where to Turn|Steven J. Bartlett
- 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
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.