- Standard means usual or common.
An example of standard is the common greeting in a particular culture.
- The definition of a standard is something established as a rule, example or basis of comparison.
- An example of standard is a guideline governing what students must learn in the 7th grade.
- An example of standard is a piece of music that continues to be played throughout the years.
- any figure or object, esp. a flag or banner, used as an emblem or symbol of a leader, people, military unit, etc.; specif.,
- Heraldry a long, tapering flag used as an ensign, as by a king
- Mil. the colors of a cavalry unit
- something established for use as a rule or basis of comparison in measuring or judging capacity, quantity, content, extent, value, quality, etc.: standards of weight and measure
- the proportion of pure gold or silver and base metal prescribed for use in coinage
- the basis for the measure of value in a given monetary system
- the type, model, or example commonly or generally accepted or adhered to; criterion set for usages or practices: moral standards
- a level of excellence, attainment, etc. regarded as a measure of adequacy
- any upright object used as a support, often a part of the thing it supports; supporting piece; base; stand
- a piece of popular music that continues to be included in the repertoire of many bands, singers, etc. through the years
- the large, upper petal of a butterfly-shaped flower; vexillum
- any of the three erect petals in the flower of an iris
- a tree or shrub with a tall, erect stem, that stands alone without support
- a plant grafted on a single erect stem to grow in tree form
Origin of standardMiddle English ; from Old French estendard ; from Frankish an unverified form standord, place of formation ; from Germanic an unverified form standan, to stand + an unverified form ort, a place, origin, originally , a point, akin to Old English ord (see odd): hence, origin, originally , a standing place
- used as, or meeting the requirements of, a standard, rule, model, etc.
- generally accepted as reliable or authoritative: standard reference books
- conforming to what is usual; ordinary; not special or extra: standard procedure
- of or in accord with the level of usage of most educated speakers of a language and established as the prestigious form of that language
- designating the prestigious dialect of a given language: Standard American English
- Mech. designating or of an automotive transmission that is manual ()
- Serving as or conforming to an established or accepted measurement or value: a standard unit of volume.
- Widely recognized or employed as a model of authority or excellence: a standard reference work.
- Acceptable but of less than top quality: a standard grade of beef.
- Normal, familiar, or usual: the standard excuse.
- Commonly used or supplied: standard car equipment.
- Linguistics Conforming to models or norms of usage admired by educated speakers and writers: standard pronunciation.
- a. An acknowledged measure of comparison for quantitative or qualitative value; a criterion. See Synonyms at ideal.b. An object that under specified conditions defines, represents, or records the magnitude of a unit.
- a. The commodity or commodities used to back a monetary system.b. The set proportion by weight of gold or silver to alloy metal prescribed for use in coinage.
- a. A degree or level of requirement, excellence, or attainment: Their quality of work exceeds the standards set for the field.b. Something, such as a practice or a product, that is widely recognized or employed, especially because of its excellence.c. A set of specifications that are adopted within an industry to allow compatibility between products.d. A requirement of moral conduct: the standards of polite society.
- A flag, banner, or ensign, especially:a. The ensign of a chief of state, nation, or city.b. A long, tapering flag bearing heraldic devices distinctive of a person or corporation.c. An emblem or flag of an army, raised on a pole to indicate the rallying point in battle.d. The colors of a mounted or motorized military unit.
- Chiefly British A grade level in elementary schools.
- A pedestal, stand, or base.
- The large upper petal of the flower of a pea or related plant. Also called banner, vexillum.
- One of the narrow upright petals of an iris.
- A shrub or small tree that through grafting or training has a single stem of limited height with a crown of leaves and flowers at its apex.
- Music A composition that is continually used in repertoires: a pianist who knew dozens of Broadway standards.
Origin of standardMiddle English, flag, banner, standard measure (perhaps from the use of flags as points of reference in battle) , from Old French estandard, flag marking a rallying place, from Frankish *standhard, probably originally meaning standing firmly, steadfast : *standan, to stand; see st&amacron;- in Indo-European roots + *hard, firm, hard; see kar- in Indo-European roots.
- A principle or example or measure used for comparison.
- A level of quality or attainment.
- Something used as a measure for comparative evaluations; a model.
- A musical work of established popularity.
- A rule or set of rules or requirements which are widely agreed upon or imposed by government.
- The proportion of weights of fine metal and alloy established for coinage.
- A bottle of wine containing 0.750 liters of fluid.
- A vertical pole with something at its apex.
- An object supported in an upright position, such as a lamp standard.
- The flag or ensign carried by a military unit.
- One of the upright members that supports the horizontal axis of a transit or theodolite.
- Any upright support, such as one of the poles of a scaffold.
- A tree of natural size supported by its own stem, and not dwarfed by grafting on the stock of a smaller species nor trained upon a wall or trellis.
- The sheth of a plough.
- A manual transmission vehicle.
- (botany) The upper petal or banner of a papilionaceous corolla.
- (shipbuilding) An inverted knee timber placed upon the deck instead of beneath it, with its vertical branch turned upward from that which lies horizontally.
- A large drinking cup.
(comparative more standard, superlative most standard)
- Falling within an accepted range of size, amount, power, quality, etc.
- (of a tree or shrub) Growing on an erect stem of full height.
- Having recognized excellence or authority.
- Of a usable or serviceable grade or quality.
- (not comparable, of a motor vehicle) Having a manual transmission.
- As normally supplied (not optional).
From Middle English, from the Old French estandart (“gathering place, battle flag"), from Old Frankish *standhard (literally “stand firm, stand hard"), equivalent to stand +"Ž -ard. Alternate etymology derives the second element from Old Frankish *ord (“point, spot, place") (compare Old English ord (“point, source, vanguard"), German Standort (“location, place, site, position, base", literally “standing-point")). More at stand, hard, ord.From Old French estendre (“to stretch out"), from Latin extendere, More at extend.
standard - Computer Definition
A rule, principle, or measure established as a model or example by authority, custom, or general consent. Standards generally are in the form of baseline specifications according to which manufacturers can develop products with the assurance that they will interconnect and interoperate with those of other manufacturers, at least at a fundamental level. Standards typically allow for options that manufacturers can exercise in various fashions peculiar to their own product development philosophies, strategies, and so on, thereby distinguishing those products from others.Although standards have been criticized as common denominator or consensus solutions that stifle creativity, they in fact provide a common framework of technical specifications within which manufacturers can exercise a considerable level of creativity. Standards serve to create the technical basis for a competitive market that offers buyers a choice of products, while ensuring interconnectivity and interoperability at a fundamental level. Standards take several forms.