from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to conform to a standard.
- transitive v. To evaluate by comparing with a standard.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Alternative spelling of standardise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To reduce to a normal standard; to calculate or adjust the strength of, by means of, and for uses in, analysis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To conform to or compare with a standard; regulate by a standard; constitute or recognize as a standard; specifically, in chemical analysis, to determine accurately in order to use what is so determined as a standard of comparison: said of the strength of a solution, or the quantity of a certain reagent contained in a given volume of it. Also spelled standardise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to conform to standard or norm
- v. evaluate by comparing with a standard
The Apple comparison is useful, because they successfully sold change to combat a Microsoft campaign in the late 1990s to "standardize" on their products by selling fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD).
The whole idea of accelerating expansion and dark matter is based on data that we think we understand, but we may be trying to "standardize" something that may be wildly variable.
It has happened over and over again in the earth's history so why blame man now or even expect to be so intellegent to "standardize" our weather conditions.
I have it on pretty good authority that Mr. Gates himself plans to use an iPhone when he is working for his foundation, I believe the plan is to have the foundation "standardize" on it and he will just say he is going along with the foundation's IT policy.
University local examinations to "standardize" her pupils.
The instinct of monopoly is against novelty, the tendency of monopoly is to keep in use the old thing, made in the old way; its disposition is to "standardize" everything.
Every few years one automaker or another comes up with a plan to better "standardize" their future product schedule (make it more regular, or speed up the process, etc), and without fail, something always steps in and messed that plan on.
As a further enablement, we could "standardize" a series of nuclear power plant designs, the way we did for steam locomotives a century ago, so each new power plant wouldn't be unique, requiring years of costly and exhaustive engineering studies.
I am looking to kind of standardize what patients are looking at; what families are looking at as they say okay we need to take care of this; we want to be sterile.
Time for the idiots to do their homework and stop resorting to emotional nonsense over their BS cultural hangups trying to "standardize" history.
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