Standard Definition

stăndərd
standards
adjective
Serving as or conforming to an established or accepted measurement or value.
A standard unit of volume.
American Heritage
Used as, or meeting the requirements of, a standard, rule, model, etc.
Webster's New World
Generally accepted as reliable or authoritative.
Standard reference books.
Webster's New World
Widely recognized or employed as a model of authority or excellence.
A standard reference work.
American Heritage
Acceptable but of less than top quality.
A standard grade of beef.
American Heritage
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noun
standards
Any figure or object, esp. a flag or banner, used as an emblem or symbol of a leader, people, military unit, etc.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
An object that under specified conditions defines, represents, or records the magnitude of a unit.
American Heritage
The proportion of pure gold or silver and base metal prescribed for use in coinage.
Webster's New World
The basis for the measure of value in a given monetary system.
Webster's New World
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other
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.
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Other Word Forms of Standard

Noun

Singular:
standard
Plural:
standards

Origin of Standard

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle 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 stā- in Indo-European roots hard firm, hard kar- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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