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Noun: yardstick  'yaa(r)d,stik
  1. A measure or standard used for comparison
    "on what kind of yardstick is he basing his judgment?"
  2. A ruler or tape that is three feet long
    - yard measure

Derived forms: yardsticks

Type of: criterion, measure, rule, ruler, standard, touchstone

Encyclopedia: Yardstick