noun Date: 1610 1. a. a graduated measuring stick three feet (0.9144 meter) long b. a standard basis of calculation <
a yardstick for measuring astronomical distances
2. a standard for making a critical judgment ; criterion <
measured by the yardstick of her first book
was a great success by any yardstick
Synonyms: see standard

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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