Definitions for yardstickˈyɑrdˌstɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a stick a yard long, commonly marked with subdivisions, used for measuring.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  2. any standard of measurement:

    Tests are not the only yardstick of academic achievement.

Origin of yardstick:

1810–20, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yardstick(noun)

    a measure or standard used for comparison

    "on what kind of yardstick is he basing his judgment?"

  2. yardstick, yard measure(noun)

    a ruler or tape that is three feet long

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. yardstick(noun)ˈyɑrdˌstɪk

    a standard against which sth can be judged

    The stock market is a yardstick for economic performance.

  2. yardstickˈyɑrdˌstɪk

    a flat stick used to measure a yard

    ***Measure it with a yardstick.


  1. yardstick(Noun)

    A measuring rod thirty-six inches long.

  2. yardstick(Noun)

    A standard to which other measurements or comparisons are judged.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yardstick(noun)

    a stick three feet, or a yard, in length, used as a measure of cloth, etc


  1. Yardstick

    A yardstick is a straightedge used to physically measure lengths of up to a yard high. Yardsticks are flat wooden boards with markings at regular intervals.


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