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yardstick

[ yahrd-stik ]
/ ˈyɑrdˌstɪk /
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noun

a stick a yard long, commonly marked with subdivisions, used for measuring.
any standard of measurement or judgment: Test scores are not the only yardstick of academic achievement.

RELATED WORDS

benchmark, indicator, criterion, norm, barometer, scale, basis, meter, standard, sample, guideline, example, rule, measure, test, model, mark, guide

Nearby words

yardie, yarding, yardland, yardman, yardmaster, yardstick, yare, yarely, yaren, yark, yarkand

Origin of yardstick

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20; yard1 + stick1
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British Dictionary definitions for yardstick

yardstick

/ (ˈjɑːdˌstɪk) /

noun

a measure or standard used for comparisonon what kind of yardstick is he basing his criticism?
a graduated stick, one yard long, used for measurement
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Word Origin and History for yardstick

yardstick


n.

1816, from yard (n.2) + stick (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper