something considered by an authority or by general consent as a basis of comparison; an approved model.
an object that is regarded as the usual or most common size or form of its kind:
We stock the deluxe models as well as the standards.
a rule or principle that is used as a basis for judgment:
They tried to establish standards for a new philosophical approach.
an average or normal requirement, quality, quantity, level, grade, etc.:
His work this week hasn’t been up to his usual standard.
standards, those morals, ethics, habits, etc., established by authority, custom, or an individual as acceptable:
He tried to live up to his father’s standards.
a grade of beef immediately below good.
the authorized exemplar of a unit of weight or measure.
a certain commodity in or by which a basic monetary unit is stated.
Compare gold standard, silver standard, bimetallism, monometallism.
the legally established content of full-weight coins.
the prescribed degree of fineness for gold or silver.
British. a class or grade in elementary schools.
a musical piece of sufficiently enduring popularity to be made part of a permanent repertoire, especially a popular song.
a flag indicating the presence of a sovereign or public official.
a flag, emblematic figure, or other object raised on a pole to indicate the rallying point of an army, fleet, etc.
any of various military or naval flags.
the colors of a mounted unit.
(initial capital letter) a U.S. Navy radar-guided surface-to-air missile with a range of 10–30 miles (16–48 km).
Heraldry. a long, tapering flag or ensign, as of a monarch or a nation.
something that stands or is placed upright.
a long candlestick or candelabrum used in a church.
an upright support or supporting part.
Armor. a standing collar of mail.
Horticulture. a plant trained or grafted to have a single, erect, treelike stem.
Botany. a distinct petal, larger than the rest, of certain flowers; a vexillum.
serving as a basis of weight, measure, value, comparison, or judgment.
of recognized excellence or established authority:
a standard reference on medieval history.
usual, common, or customary:
Chairs are standard furniture in American households.
manual; not electric or automatic:
conforming in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, etc., to the usage of most educated native speakers, especially those having prestige, and widely considered acceptable or correct:
Standard American English; standard pronunciation.
Compare nonstandard (def 2).
authorized or approved:
The program was broadcast on the standard broadcast band.
an accepted or approved example of something against which others are judged or measured
(often pl) a principle of propriety, honesty, and integrity: she has no standards
a level of excellence or quality: a low standard of living
any distinctive flag, device, etc, as of a nation, sovereign, or special cause
any of a variety of naval or military flags
the colours of a cavalry regiment
a flag or emblem formerly used to show the central or rallying point of an army in battle
a large tapering flag ending in two points, originally borne by a sovereign or high-ranking noble
the commodity or commodities in which is stated the value of a basic monetary unit: the gold standard
an authorized model of a unit of measure or weight
a unit of board measure equal to 1980 board feet
(in coinage) the prescribed proportion by weight of precious metal and base metal that each coin must contain
an upright pole or beam, esp one used as a support
a piece of furniture consisting of an upright pole or beam on a base or support
(as modifier): a standard lamp
a plant, esp a fruit tree, that is trained so that it has an upright stem free of branches
(as modifier): a standard cherry
a song or piece of music that has remained popular for many years
the largest petal of a leguminous flower, such as a sweetpea
(in New Zealand and, formerly, in England and Wales) a class or level of attainment in an elementary school
of the usual, regularized, medium, or accepted kind: a standard size
of recognized authority, competence, or excellence: the standard work on Greece
denoting or characterized by idiom, vocabulary, etc, that is regarded as correct and acceptable by educated native speakers Compare nonstandard, informal
(Brit) (formerly) (of eggs) of a size that is smaller than large and larger than medium
standard stan·dard (stān’dərd)
An acknowledged measure of comparison for quantitative or qualitative value; a criterion.
An object that under specified conditions defines, represents, or records the magnitude of a unit.
Serving as or conforming to a standard of measurement or value.
Widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence.
Standards are necessary for interworking, portability, and reusability. They may be de facto standards for various communities, or officially recognised national or international standards.
Andrew Tanenbaum, in his Computer Networks book, once said, “The nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from”, a reference to the fact that competing standards become a source of confusion, division, obsolescence, and duplication of effort instead of an enhancement to the usefulness of products.
Some bodies concerned in one way or another with computing standards are IAB (RFC and STD), ISO, ANSI, DoD, ECMA, IEEE, IETF, OSF, W3C.
- Standard amenities
plural noun (in Britain) 1. (social welfare) the sanitary facilities recommended for all dwellings by the housing law: a fixed bath or shower, wash-hand basin, and sink, all supplied with hot and cold water, and a flush toilet
- Standard assessment tasks
plural noun 1. (Brit, education) the former name for National Tests SATS (ˈsæts)
noun 1. an arbitrarily determined vertical distribution of atmospheric pressure, temperature, and density, assumed to have physical constants and conforming to parametric equations, used for calculations in ballistics, the design of pressure altimeters, etc. 2. a standard unit of atmospheric pressure, having a value of 1013.2 millibars or 29.9213 inches (760 mm) of mercury.
[stan-derd-bair-er] /ˈstæn dərdˌbɛər ər/ noun 1. an officer or soldier of an army or military unit who bears a standard. 2. a conspicuous leader of a movement, political party, or the like. standard-bearer noun 1. an officer or man who carries a standard 2. a leader of a cause or party