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[yahrd-stik] /ˈyɑrdˌstɪk/
a stick a yard long, commonly marked with subdivisions, used for measuring.
any standard of measurement or judgment:
Test scores are not the only yardstick of academic achievement.
Origin of yardstick
1810-20, Americanism; yard1 + stick1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for yardstick
  • However, the yardstick does not have to be academic courses only.
  • Take out a yardstick and measure the distances between different students' hands and heads.
  • No other yardstick is mentioned, not society, not evolution.
  • What has been missing in the science of smell, they argue, is a meaningful way to measure it-an olfactory yardstick.
  • In essence, corporations get to choose the yardstick by which they measure the profits that they publish.
  • Most currencies are trading a long way from that yardstick.
  • For example, market share was the main goal and yardstick of such structures.
  • By that yardstick house prices seem low in only a handful of countries in our survey, as the final column in the table shows.
  • The difficulty is partly that there is no single yardstick for measuring progress in those areas.
  • By that yardstick too, the world is quickly becoming older.
British Dictionary definitions for yardstick


a measure or standard used for comparison: on what kind of yardstick is he basing his criticism?
a graduated stick, one yard long, used for measurement
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Word Origin and History for yardstick

1816, from yard (n.2) + stick (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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