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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n yardstick a ruler or tape that is three feet long
    • n yardstick a measure or standard used for comparison "on what kind of yardstick is he basing his judgment?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Yardstick A stick three feet, or a yard, in length, used as a measure of cloth, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n yardstick A stick or rod exactly 3 feet long, generally marked with subdivisions, as quarters and eighths of the yard on the one side, and inches, or perhaps feet and inches, on the other. See yard, n., 3, 4.
    • n yardstick Figuratively, a standard of measurement in general.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Yardstick a stick 3 feet long, any standard of measurement—also Yard′wand
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  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “I have only one yardstick by which I test every major problem -- and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?”
  • John Madden
    John Madden
    “The only yardstick for success our society has is being a champion. No one remembers anything else.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gyrd, gierd, a rod, measure; Dut. garde, Ger. gerte; further conn. with Goth. gazds, a stick, L. hasta, a spear.


In literature:

He handled his heavy bat as if it had been light as a yardstick.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
When the boy's growth can be still measured by his mother's yardstick his outlook is restricted correspondingly.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
When Nature's lightning hits a man fair and square, it splits his yardstick.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864" by Various
That yardstick keeps all the other fellows at a distance, too.
"The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor" by Annie Fellows Johnston
If you buy a yard of cloth you must have a yardstick.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Conquest of the Savages" by Roger Thompson Finlay
Where is their yardstick?
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
We only want to weigh you, with a yardstick through an old shawl; that's all.
"Dotty Dimple At Home" by Sophie May
Because they're made up of Yardsticks now; that's right, Yardsticks exclusively.
"This Crowded Earth" by Robert Bloch
She asked for her yardstick, and I can surely trust her to use it as she promised.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Miss Pamela cleared her throat and pointed with the yardstick.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
Here "French writers" furnish your yardstick.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
She poked it out with a yardstick, and 't was one of Billy's letters!
"The William Henry Letters" by Abby Morton Diaz
The first difficulty is that we are barred from the use of our yardstick.
"The Value of Money" by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
We must not measure the ethic of a generation with the yardstick of an earlier time.
"Romain Rolland" by Stefan Zweig
But there is and can be no contest over efforts to keep the yardstick from changing.
"Readings in Money and Banking" by Chester Arthur Phillips
Merchants exchanged the yardstick for the rake and hoe.
"Comrades" by Thomas Dixon
The yardstick is not a measure of value; it is simply a measure of quantity.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 9 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Political" by Robert G. Ingersoll
I wish I had a yardstick and a 'rithmetic to measure them, so I do.
"The Misfit Christmas Puddings" by Club Consolation
That is my yardstick for measuring everything about my business.
"The Knack of Managing" by Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson
You don't suppose they ever patronize false words or false weights, false measures or false yardsticks?
"The Life and Beauties of Fanny Fern" by Anonymous

In poetry:

Ask not if it's god or devil,
Brethren, lest your words imply
Static norms of good and evil
(As in Plato) throned on high;
Such scholastic, inelastic,
Abstract yardsticks we deny.
"Evolutionary Hymn" by C S Lewis

In news:

That is the yardstick in sports these days.
As a measure of the crisis that has gripped recession-pummeled automakers, the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show is an apt yardstick.
Well, it depends on what you mean by giants, and the yardsticks of musical stature are changing all the time.
Socially Conscious Companies Have a New Yardstick .
Schools improve by state standards, not enough by US yardstick .
A ' Yardstick ' To Simplify ERP Implementation.
Is FDR-Era Yardstick Still Relevant.
Administration Shaving Yardstick for Iraq Gains.
IT Projects Need Yardstick .
We're Measuring Bacteria With a Yardstick .
Yardstick not needed for Bolton Valley's snow total.
Klout, like a host of other influence yardsticks in the digital marketplace, like PeerIndex and Kred, is used by marketers to reach habitual comment makers who are likely to promote their products on social networks.
Socially Conscious Companies Have a New Yardstick.
Business may not be easy in this economy, but it is good by many yardsticks.
However, the amount of followers isn't the yardstick by which to measure Twitter value.

In science:

This project will observe these supernovae spectrophotometrically to provide the homogeneous high-quality data set necessary to improve the understanding and calibration of these vital cosmological yardsticks.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
The purpose of large cardinals in set theory is not just to see how large sets can get, but to provide a yardstick to measure the strength of other axioms, and in some cases even to prove new results about ‘small’ sets.
Set theory for category theory
And when the Cepheid yardstick is recalibrated accordingly, the result is a Hubble constant of 80 ± 9 km/s/Mpc.
Origin of the Blueshift in Signals from Pioneer 10 and 11
RR Lyrae and Cepheid variables proved to be rather precise yardsticks and astronomers came to appreciate the physical scale of our Galaxy and eventually the physical scale of the Local Universe.
Cosmic Explosions (Optical Transients)
Interestingly, preliminary results using 44 nearby Type Ia supernovae as yardsticks suggest that the actual deviation is about 5-7%, in the sense that in our local region of the universe, out to a radius of about 70 h−1Mpc (the distance of the Northern Great Wall), H0 is this much larger than average (A.
Dark Matter and Structure Formation in the Universe
As a conclusion, the situation in EAS physics is presently like the one sketched in Fig. 8 : better use the same yardstick (i.e.
High-Energy Interactions and Extensive Air Showers
Monte Carlo program) to get consistent results in different experiments, and use a well calibrated, reliable yardstick to obtain the correct result.
High-Energy Interactions and Extensive Air Showers
Fig. 8 : Is the composition changing or not? The answer depends on the yardstick (i.e.
High-Energy Interactions and Extensive Air Showers
Use the same yardstick to get consistent results, use a well calibrated yardstick to obtain the correct result.
High-Energy Interactions and Extensive Air Showers
The yardstick logic: Most formalisms are “inspired” by one of the two logics often used in the context of trees: first-order logic (FO), and monadic second-order logic (MSO) that extends FO by quantification over sets of nodes.
Logics for Unranked Trees: An Overview
As we mentioned already, MSO is often used as a yardstick logic for trees, because of its close connection to regular languages.
Logics for Unranked Trees: An Overview
Setting theoretical considerations to one side we also hope that the elucidation of a well defined set of examples, and their use as a yardstick of progress, will help in the further development of experimental procedures and hardware for quantum simulation.
Back to the Future: A roadmap for quantum simulation from vintage quantum chemistry
This will replace (2.27) as a yardstick for measuring distance between solutions in the one-dimensional Cauchy problem.
Relative entropy in diffusive relaxation