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STANDARD

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does standard mean? 

STANDARD (noun)
  The noun STANDARD has 6 senses:

1. a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated
2. the ideal in terms of which something can be judged
3. a board measure = 1980 board feet
4. the value behind the money in a monetary system
5. an upright pole or beam (especially one used as a support)
6. any distinctive flag

  Familiarity information: STANDARD used as a noun is common.


STANDARD (adjective)
  The adjective STANDARD has 5 senses:

1. conforming to or constituting a standard of measurement or value; or of the usual or regularized or accepted kind
2. commonly used or supplied
3. established or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence
4. conforming to the established language usage of educated native speakers
5. regularly and widely used or sold

  Familiarity information: STANDARD used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


STANDARD (noun)


Sense 1standard [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

criterion; standard; touchstone; measure

Context examples:

the schools comply with federal standards / they set the measure for all subsequent work

Hypernyms ("standard" is a kind of...):

point of reference; reference; reference point (an indicator that orients you generally)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "standard"):

norm (a standard or model or pattern regarded as typical)

baseline (an imaginary line or standard by which things are measured or compared)

gauge; standard of measurement (accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared)

graduated table; ordered series; scale; scale of measurement (an ordered reference standard)

medium of exchange; monetary system (anything that is generally accepted as a standard of value and a measure of wealth in a particular country or region)

yardstick (a measure or standard used for comparison)

procrustean bed; procrustean rule; procrustean standard (a standard that is enforced uniformly without regard to individuality)

GPA; grade point average (a measure of a student's academic achievement at a college or university; calculated by dividing the total number of grade points received by the total number attempted)

earned run average; ERA ((baseball) a measure of a pitcher's effectiveness; calculated as the average number of earned runs allowed by the pitcher for every nine innings pitched)

benchmark (a standard by which something can be measured or judged)


Sense 2standard [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The ideal in terms of which something can be judged

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

criterion; standard

Context example:

they live by the standards of their community

Hypernyms ("standard" is a kind of...):

ideal (the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "standard"):

control; control condition (a standard against which other conditions can be compared in a scientific experiment)

design criteria (criteria that designers should meet in designing some system or device)


Sense 3standard [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A board measure = 1980 board feet

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Hypernyms ("standard" is a kind of...):

capacity measure; capacity unit; cubage unit; cubature unit; cubic content unit; cubic measure; displacement unit; volume unit (a unit of measurement of volume or capacity)


Sense 4standard [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The value behind the money in a monetary system

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

monetary standard; standard

Hypernyms ("standard" is a kind of...):

value (the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "standard"):

gold standard (a monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is defined by a stated quantity of gold)

silver standard (a monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is defined by a stated quantity of silver)

bimetallism (a monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is defined by stated amounts of two metals (usually gold and silver) with values set at a predetermined ratio)


Sense 5standard [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("standard" is a kind of...):

post (an upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position)


Sense 6standard [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any distinctive flag

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("standard" is a kind of...):

flag (emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "standard"):

oriflamme (a red or orange-red flag used as a standard by early French kings)


STANDARD (adjective)


Sense 1standard [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Context examples:

windows of standard width / standard sizes / the standard fixtures / standard brands / standard operating procedure

Similar:

stock (routine)

standardised; standardized (brought into conformity with a standard)

regulation (prescribed by or according to regulation)

regular (conforming to a standard or pattern)

modular (constructed with standardized units or dimensions allowing flexibility and variety in use)

Also:

normal (conforming with or constituting a norm or standard or level or type or social norm; not abnormal)

Attribute:

amount; measure; quantity (how much there is of something that you can quantify)

Antonym:

nonstandard (varying from or not adhering to a standard)


Sense 2standard [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Commonly used or supplied

Context examples:

standard procedure / standard car equipment

Similar:

common (having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual)


Sense 3standard [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Established or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence

Context example:

a standard reference work

Similar:

criterial; criterional (serving as a basis for evaluation)

classic (adhering to established standards and principles)

casebook; textbook (according to or characteristic of a casebook or textbook; typical)

basic; canonic; canonical (reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality)

authoritative; classical; definitive (of recognized authority or excellence)

accepted (generally accepted or used)

Also:

orthodox (adhering to what is commonly accepted)

Antonym:

nonstandard (not standard; not accepted as a model of excellence)


Sense 4standard [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Conforming to the established language usage of educated native speakers

Synonyms:

received; standard

Context examples:

standard English / received standard English is sometimes called the King's English

Similar:

acceptable; accepted (judged to be in conformity with approved usage)

Domain category:

linguistics (the scientific study of language)

Antonym:

nonstandard (not conforming to the language usage of a prestige group within a community)


Sense 5standard [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Regularly and widely used or sold

Synonyms:

stock; standard

Context examples:

a standard size / a stock item

Similar:

regular (in accordance with fixed order or procedure or principle)


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