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 Dictionary entry overview: What does yardstick mean? 

  The noun YARDSTICK has 2 senses:

1. a measure or standard used for comparison
2. a ruler or tape that is three feet long

  Familiarity information: YARDSTICK used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1yardstick [BACK TO TOP]


A measure or standard used for comparison

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

on what kind of yardstick is he basing his judgment?

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

criterion; measure; standard; touchstone (a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated)

Sense 2yardstick [BACK TO TOP]


A ruler or tape that is three feet long

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


yard measure; yardstick

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

rule; ruler (measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths)

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