standard meaning

[ 'stændəd ] Pronunciation:   "standard" in a sentence
  • Noun: standard  standurd
    1. A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated
      "the schools comply with federal standards"
      - criterion, measure, touchstone 
    2. The ideal in terms of which something can be judged
      "they live by the standards of their community"
      - criterion 
    3. A board measure = 1980 board feet 
    4. The value behind the money in a monetary system
      - monetary standard 
    5. An upright pole or beam (especially one used as a support)
      "distance was marked by standards every mile"; "lamps supported on standards provided illumination" 
    6. Any distinctive flag
      - banner
    Adjective: standard  standurd
    1. Conforming to or constituting a standard of measurement or value; or of the usual or regularized or accepted kind
      "windows of standard width"; "standard sizes"; "the standard fixtures"; "standard brands"; "standard operating procedure" 
    2. Commonly used or supplied
      "standard procedure"; "standard car equipment" 
    3. Established or well-known or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence
      "a standard reference work" 
    4. Conforming to the established language usage of educated native speakers
      "standard English"; "received standard English is sometimes called the King's English"
      - received 
    5. Regularly and widely used or sold
      "a standard size"
      - stock

    Derived forms: standards

    See also: acceptable, amount, authoritative, basic, canonic, canonical, casebook, classic, classical, common, criterial, criterional, definitive, fiducial, measure, modular, normal, orthodox, quantity, regular, regulation, stand, standardised [Brit], standardize, standardized, stock, textbook

    Type of: capacity measure, capacity unit, cubage unit, cubature unit, cubic content unit, cubic measure, displacement unit, flag, ideal, metric, post, system of measurement, value, volume unit

    Antonym: nonstandard

    Encyclopedia: Standard, Alberta Standard Standard, Illinois Standard, IL

  • [Architecture]

    A document prepared by a recognized standard-setting organization that prescribes methods and materials for the safe use and consistent performance of specific technologies; usually a procedure that has been developed by consensus of the interested parties.


    As used by governmental agencies, a document which sets certain legally permissible limits.


    See measurement.


    A document containing mandatory requirements indicated by the word shall.

  • [Business]
    AmE / noun, adjective




    1 [C,U]

    a level of quality that is expected or required:

    When it first appeared, this vehicle set new standards for safety.

    What percentage of products met the quality standards?

    We offer the highest standards of customer care.

    The standard of the applications for the post is very low.

    falling standards of service

    Six per cent of the restaurants tested failed to meet the hygiene standards set by law.

    ❖ to establish/set standards

    ◆ to achieve/meet/reach a standard

    ◆ to improve/raise standards

    ◆ a high/low/minimum standard

    2 [C]

    an official rule used when producing sth; a unit of measurement that is officially used:

    The government aims to increase recycling by introducing tougher industry standards.

    For measuring shipments, the international standard is TEU.

    The banks want to tighten lending standards.

    ❖ to apply/enforce/set/tighten/use a standard

    3 [C]

    something that most people who do a particular job use:

    The manual is the industry standard for health and safety.

    The wages are low by today's standards.

    This technology is the industry standard in e-commerce.




    average or normal rather than having special or unusual features:

    A standard letter was sent to all candidates.

    Our standard terms and conditions apply to all our products.

    All these PCs come with wireless keyboard and mouse as standard.

    It is standard practice in big US companies for one person to be both Chief Executive and Chairman.

    The standard rate of income tax is 20%.

    2 [usually before noun]

    following a particular standard that is set, for example, by an industry:

    standard sizes of clothes

    I couldn't open the file as it wasn't in a standard format.

    'Hits' has become the standard industry measure for Internet traffic.

    3 [only before noun]

    used by most people who are studying a particular subject:

    This has become the standard book on marketing.


  • [Economics]
    See dollar standard, gold standard, and technical standard

  • [Electronics]
    1. A precise specification governing the dimensions and characteristics of a device or system (e.g., military standard).
    2. A highly accurate physical or electrical quantity to which similar quantities can be compared (e.g., standard frequency).
    3. The device or system that produces a standard quantity as defined in
    2 (e.g., frequency standard).
    4. Having conventional and widely accepted characteristics.


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  1. judging by the ordinary standards, he was reliable.
  2. i have relaxed some standards i once had.
  3. the three standards are listed in table i-1.
  4. very few authors came up to his standard.
  5. the quality of this product is up to standard.

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