What does standard mean?

Definitions for standard
ˈstæn dərdstan·dard

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. standard, criterion, measure, touchstonenoun

    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"

  2. criterion, standardnoun

    the ideal in terms of which something can be judged

    "they live by the standards of their community"

  3. standardnoun

    a board measure = 1980 board feet

  4. standard, monetary standardnoun

    the value behind the money in a monetary system

  5. standardnoun

    an upright pole or beam (especially one used as a support)

    "distance was marked by standards every mile"; "lamps supported on standards provided illumination"

  6. standard, banneradjective

    any distinctive flag

  7. standardadjective

    conforming to or constituting a standard of measurement or value; or of the usual or regularized or accepted kind

    "windows of standard width"; "standard sizes"; "the standard fixtures"; "standard brands"; "standard operating procedure"

  8. standardadjective

    commonly used or supplied

    "standard procedure"; "standard car equipment"

  9. standardadjective

    established or well-known or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence

    "a standard reference work"; "the classical argument between free trade and protectionism"

  10. standard, receivedadjective

    conforming to the established language usage of educated native speakers

    "standard English" (American); "received standard English is sometimes called the King's English" (British)

  11. standard, stockadjective

    regularly and widely used or sold

    "a standard size"; "a stock item"


  1. standardnoun

    A level of quality or attainment.

  2. standardnoun

    Something used as a measure for comparative evaluations.

  3. standardnoun

    An object supported in an upright position.

  4. standardnoun

    A musical work of established popularity.

  5. standardnoun

    The flag or ensign carried by a military unit.

  6. standardnoun

    A rule or set of rules or requirements which are widely agreed upon or imposed by government.

  7. standardnoun

    A bottle of wine containing 0.750 liters of fluid.

  8. standardnoun

    One of the upright members that supports the horizontal axis of a transit or theodolite.

  9. standardnoun

    A manual transmission vehicle.

  10. standardadjective

    Falling within an accepted range of size, amount, power, quality, etc.

  11. standardadjective

    Growing on an erect stem of full height.

  12. standardadjective

    Having recognized excellence or authority.

  13. standardadjective

    Of a usable or serviceable grade or quality.

  14. standardadjective

    Having a manual transmission.

  15. standardadjective

    As normally supplied (not optional).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STANDARDnoun

    Etymology: estendart, French.

    His armies, in the following day,
    On those fair plains their standards proud display. Edward Fairfax.

    Erect the standard there of ancient night,
    Yours be the advantage all, mine the revenge. John Milton.

    Behold Camillus loaded home,
    With standards well redeem’d and foreign foes o’ercome. Dryden.

    To their common standard they repair;
    The nimble horsemen scour the fields of air. Dryden.

    The dogmatist gives the lie to all dissenting apprehenders, and proclaims his judgment the fittest intellectual standard. Joseph Glanvill.

    The heavenly motions are more stated than the terrestrial models, and are both originals and standards. William Holder.

    These are our measures of length, but I cannot call them standards; for standard measures must be certain and fixed. William Holder, on Time.

    When people have brought the question of right and wrong to a false standard, there follows an envious malevolence. Roger L'Estrange.

    The Romans made those times the standard of their wit, when they subdued the world. Thomas Sprat.

    From these ancient standards I descend to our own historians. Henry Felton.

    When I shall propose the standard whereby I give judgment, any may easily inform himself of the quantity and measure of it. John Woodward.

    The court which used to be the standard of propriety, and correctness of speech, ever since continued the worst school in England for that accomplishment. Jonathan Swift.

    First follow nature, and your judgment frame,
    By her just standard which is still the same. Alexander Pope.

    The English tongue, if refined to a certain standard, perhaps might be fixed for ever. Jonathan Swift.

    In comely rank call ev’ry merit forth;
    Imprint on ev’ry act its standard-worth. Matthew Prior.

    That precise weight and fineness, by law appropriated to the pieces of each denomination, is called the standard. John Locke.

    The device of King Henry VII. was profound in making farms of a standard, that is, maintained with such a proportion of lands as may breed a subject to live in convenient plenty. Francis Bacon.

    A standard might be made, under which no horse should be used for draught: this would enlarge the breed of horses. William Temple.

    By the present standard of the coinage, sixty two shillings is coined out of one pound weight of silver. Arbuthnot.

    A standard of a damask rose with the root on, was set upright in an earthen pan, full of fair water, half a foot under the water, the standard being more than two foot above it. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Plant fruit of all sorts and standard, mural, or shrubs which lose their leaf. John Evelyn, Kalender.

    In France part of their gardens is laid out for flowers, others for fruits; some standards, some against walls. William Temple.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Standardnoun

    a flag; colors; a banner; especially, a national or other ensign

  2. Standardnoun

    that which is established by authority as a rule for the measure of quantity, extent, value, or quality; esp., the original specimen weight or measure sanctioned by government, as the standard pound, gallon, or yard

  3. Standardnoun

    that which is established as a rule or model by authority, custom, or general consent; criterion; test

  4. Standardnoun

    the proportion of weights of fine metal and alloy established by authority

  5. Standardnoun

    a tree of natural size supported by its own stem, and not dwarfed by grafting on the stock of a smaller species nor trained upon a wall or trellis

  6. Standardnoun

    the upper petal or banner of a papilionaceous corolla

  7. Standardnoun

    an upright support, as one of the poles of a scaffold; any upright in framing

  8. Standardnoun

    an inverted knee timber placed upon the deck instead of beneath it, with its vertical branch turned upward from that which lies horizontally

  9. Standardnoun

    the sheth of a plow

  10. Standardnoun

    a large drinking cup

  11. Standardadjective

    being, affording, or according with, a standard for comparison and judgment; as, standard time; standard weights and measures; a standard authority as to nautical terms; standard gold or silver

  12. Standardadjective

    hence: Having a recognized and permanent value; as, standard works in history; standard authors

  13. Standardadjective

    not supported by, or fastened to, a wall; as, standard fruit trees

  14. Standardadjective

    not of the dwarf kind; as, a standard pear tree

  15. Etymology: [OF. estendart, F. tendard, probably fr. L. extendere to spread out, extend, but influenced by E. stand. See Extend.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Standard

    stand′ard, n. that which stands or is fixed, as a rule: the upright post of a truss: that which is established as a rule or model: a grade of classification in English elementary schools: a staff with a flag: an ensign of war: one of the two flags of a heavy cavalry regiment: (hort.) a standing shrub or tree, not supported by a wall.—adj. according to some standard: legal: usual: having a fixed or permanent value.—n. Stand′ard-bear′er, the soldier or junior officer who carries the colours: the spokesman or representative of a movement. [O. Fr. estandart—Old High Ger. standan, to stand, with suff. -art.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. standard

    Formerly, in ship-building, was an inverted knee, placed upon the deck instead of beneath it, and having its vertical branch pointed upwards from that which lay horizontally.--Royal standard. A flag in which the imperial ensigns of England, Scotland, and Ireland are quartered. It is never hoisted on board a ship unless when visited by the royal family, and then it is displayed at the mast-head allotted to the rank; at the main only for the sovereign.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. standard

    A measure by which men enlisted into the army have the regulated height ascertained.

  2. standard

    In its widest sense, a standard is a flag or ensign under which men are united together for some common purpose. The use of the standard as a rallying-point in battle takes us back to remote ages. The Jewish army was marshaled with the aid of standards belonging to the four tribes of Judah, Reuben, Ephraim, and Dan; and the Egyptians had ensigns with representations of their favorite animals. The flag of Persia was white, and, according to Xenophon, bore in his time a golden eagle with expanded wings; it was fixed on a chariot, and thus conveyed to the field of battle. Æschylus, in enumerating the six chiefs who, headed by Polynices, set themselves in battle array against Thebes, describes the device on the standard of each. In the earliest era of Roman history, a bundle of hay or fern is said to have been used as a military standard, which was succeeded by bronze or silver figures of animals attached to a staff, of which Pliny enumerates five,—the eagle, the wolf, the minotaur, the horse, and the boar. In the second consulship of Marius, 104 B.C., the other animals were laid aside, and only the eagle retained, and down to the time of the later emperors, the eagle, often with a representation of the emperor’s head beneath it, continued to be carried with the legion. On the top of the staff was often a figure of Victory or Mars. Each cohort had also an ensign of its own, consisting of a serpent or dragon woven on a square piece of cloth, and elevated on a gilt staff with a cross-bar. Under the Christian emperors, the Labarum was substituted for the imperial standard. Standards or ensigns among the Greeks were of different kinds; some had the representations of different animals, bearing some relation to the cities they belonged to. Among the earlier Greeks the standard was a piece of armor at the end of a spear; though Agamemnon, in Homer, uses a purple vail to rally his men, etc. Afterwards the Athenians bore the olive and owl; the Thebans, a sphinx; the other nations, the effigies of their tutelary gods, or their particular symbols, at the end of a spear. The Corinthians carried a pegasus, the Messenians their initial Μ, and the Lacedæmonians Λ. But the most frequent ensign among the Greeks was a purple coat upon the top of a spear. The flag or standard elevated was a signal to begin the battle, and the standard depressed was a signal to desist. The Anglo-Saxon ensign was splendid. It had on it the white horse, the Danish being distinguished by the raven. Various standards of great celebrity occur in mediæval history, among which may be enumerated the Flag of the Prophet (which see); the standard taken from the Danes by Alfred of England; and the Oriflamme, originally belonging to the Abbey of St. Denis, and borne by the counts of Vexin, which eventually became the standard of the French kingdom. In the Middle Ages the ensigns of the army were the banderols, banners, guidons, pencels, and pennons, for which see appropriate headings. In strict language, the term standard is applied exclusively to a particular kind of flag, long in proportion to its depth, tapering towards the fly, and, except when belonging to princes of the blood royal, slit at the end. Each baron, knight, or other commander in feudal times, had a recognized standard, which was distributed among his followers. The length of the standard varied according to the rank of the bearer. A king’s standard was from 8 to 9 yards in length; a duke’s, 7 yards; a marquis’s, 61⁄2 yards; an earl’s, 6 yards; a viscount’s, 51⁄2 yards; a baron’s, 5 yards; a banneret’s, 41⁄2 yards; and a knight’s, 4 yards. There was never a complete coat of arms on the standard; it generally exhibited the crest or supporter with a device or badge of the owner, and every English standard of the Tudor era had the cross of St. George at the head. Standards were registered by the heralds, and the charges on them selected and authorized by an officer-of-arms.

Editors Contribution

  1. standard

    A level of quality or evaluation.

    The standard was easy and simple to achieve as they were prepared.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 9, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'standard' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1436

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'standard' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1985

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'standard' in Nouns Frequency: #263

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'standard' in Adjectives Frequency: #170

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of standard in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of standard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of standard in a Sentence

  1. Meredith Rose:

    It is industry standard for part of that agreement to say,' whatever you upload, you give us permission to show to the world, as well as make incidental copies on our servers to allow for things like retweeting/sharing functions/etc. ,'.

  2. John Walsh:

    This is probably the fifth pedophile that I've [profiled] who's waited outside of concerts and said, 'I will drive you home or I will get in your car. I'm a parking lot security guard, I'm an off-duty cop; and you're tipsy, you're going to get a DUI', it's become a standard with these kidnapping predators.

  3. Rod Breslau:

    Fortnite Season 10 is coming to an end, and all of this is hype for Season 11, instead of just the standard update approach that Epic does for Fortnite... which is going down for a few hours to apply an update, Epic has created an entire marketing and social media campaign, along with a narrative story around it.

  4. Todd Goldstein:

    The Fin attaches to a standard prosthetic, allowing the amputee to enter and exit the water without changing prosthetics.

  5. Randal Quarles:

    A wider use of new types of crypto-assets for retail payment purposes would warrant close scrutiny by authorities to ensure that they are subject to high standards of regulation, the FSB and standard setting bodies will monitor risks very closely and in a coordinated fashion, and consider additional multilateral responses as needed.

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    closely constrained or constricted or constricting
    • A. opaque
    • B. hatched
    • C. alternate
    • D. tight

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