Definitions for touchstoneˈtʌtʃˌstoʊn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

touch•stoneˈtʌtʃˌstoʊn(n.)

  1. a test or criterion for the qualities of a thing.

  2. a black stone once used to test gold and silver by rubbing them on it.

    Category: Metallurgy

Origin of touchstone:

1475–85

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.

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