Definitions for yardstickˈyɑrdˌstɪk
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a stick a yard long, commonly marked with subdivisions, used for measuring.
Category: Weights and Measures
any standard of measurement:
Tests are not the only yardstick of academic achievement.
Origin of yardstick:
a measure or standard used for comparison
"on what kind of yardstick is he basing his judgment?"
yardstick, yard measure(noun)
a ruler or tape that is three feet long
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a standard against which sth can be judged
The stock market is a yardstick for economic performance.
a flat stick used to measure a yard
***Measure it with a yardstick.
A measuring rod thirty-six inches long.
A standard to which other measurements or comparisons are judged.
a stick three feet, or a yard, in length, used as a measure of cloth, etc