Definitions for touchstoneˈtʌtʃˌstoʊn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. standard, criterion, measure, touchstone(noun)

    a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated

    "the schools comply with federal standards"; "they set the measure for all subsequent work"

Wiktionary

  1. touchstone(Noun)

    A stone used to test the quality of gold alloys.

  2. touchstone(Noun)

    A standard of comparison or evaluation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Touchstone(noun)

    lydian stone; basanite; -- so called because used to test the purity of gold and silver by the streak which is left upon the stone when it is rubbed by the metal. See Basanite

  2. Touchstone(noun)

    any test or criterion by which the qualities of a thing are tried

Freebase

  1. Touchstone

    A touchstone is a small tablet of dark stone such as fieldstone, slate, or lydite, used for assaying precious metal alloys. It has a finely grained surface on which soft metals leave a visible trace.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. French Proverb:

    Adversity is the touchstone of friendship.

  2. Kelley Paul:

    We sort of had this touchstone where we connect and are reminded of how important those friendships are to us.

  3. Li Shaoxian:

    The Middle East is a touchstone for major powers, whether it is a graveyard depends on whether a country seeks hegemony.

  4. Marjorie Holmes:

    A child's hand in yours -- what tenderness and power it arouses. You are instantly the very touchstone of wisdom and strength.

  5. The Hitopadesa:

    On the touchstone of misfortune a man discovers the strength of understanding and of spirit in kinsmen, wife, servants, and himself.

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