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Definition of Standard


  1. A flag; colors; a banner; especially, a national or other ensign.
  2. That which is established by authority as a rule for the measure of quantity, extent, value, or quality; esp., the original specimen weight or measure sanctioned by government, as the standard pound, gallon, or yard.
  3. That which is established as a rule or model by authority, custom, or general consent; criterion; test.
  4. The proportion of weights of fine metal and alloy established by authority.
  5. 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.
  6. The upper petal or banner of a papilionaceous corolla.
  7. An upright support, as one of the poles of a scaffold; any upright in framing.
  8. An inverted knee timber placed upon the deck instead of beneath it, with its vertical branch turned upward from that which lies horizontally.
  9. The sheth of a plow.
  10. A large drinking cup.
  11. Being, affording, or according with, a standard for comparison and judgment; as, standard time; standard weights and measures; a standard authority as to nautical terms; standard gold or silver.
  12. Hence: Having a recognized and permanent value; as, standard works in history; standard authors.
  13. Not supported by, or fastened to, a wall; as, standard fruit trees.
  14. Not of the dwarf kind; as, a standard pear tree.

Standard Quotations

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
Henry Ward Beecher

Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.
George Washington

It's OK for China to invent cancer drugs that cure patients in the United States. We want them to catch up. But as the leader, we want to keep setting a very, very high standard. We don't want them to catch up because we're slowing down or, even worse, going into reverse.
Bill Gates

The common thread for everything I do is this idea of a Web-services architecture. What does that mean? It means taking components of software and systems and having them be self-describing, so that you can aim them, ask them what their capabilities are, and communicate with them using a standard protocol.
Bill Gates

To create a new standard, it takes something that's not just a little bit different; it takes something that's really new and really captures people's imagination, and the Macintosh, of all the machines I've ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard.
Bill Gates
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Standard Translations

standard in Afrikaans is standaard
standard in Danish is fane
standard in Dutch is regel, standaardmaat, norm
standard in Swedish is klass, normal, baner, norm, standar, fana

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