Definition of yardstick noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈjɑːdstɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈjɑːrdstɪk//
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  1. 1(especially North American English) a ruler for measuring one yard
  2. 2a standard used for judging how good or successful something is a yardstick by which to measure something Exam results are not the only yardstick of a school's performance.
  3. Extra examples The new test provides a yardstick against which to measure children’s learning. We don’t have a common yardstick by which to compare the two cases. a yardstick for measuring growth the yardstick of success Exam results are not the only yardstick of a school’s performance. Freud remains the yardstick from which other psychoanalysts choose to deviate. Rates of progress are difficult to compare without a common yardstick. The rate of return on capital is used as the yardstick of profitability.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: yardstick