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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

Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.
Jacqueline Bisset

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

In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value.
Alan Greenspan

It amazes me sometimes that even intelligent people will analyze a situation or make a judgement after only recognizing the standard or traditional structure of a piece.
David Bowie

People have a moral standard about what they will do and will not do. At the end of the day someone who cheats has a lower moral standard than someone who does not. And they will cheat in other areas of life as well.
Carl Lewis
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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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