from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A graduated measuring stick one yard in length.
- n. A test or standard used in measurement, comparison, or judgment. See Synonyms at standard.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A measuring rod thirty-six inches long.
- n. A standard to which other measurements or comparisons are judged.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stick three feet, or a yard, in length, used as a measure of cloth, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stick or rod exactly 3 feet long, generally marked with subdivisions, as quarters and eighths of the yard on the one side, and inches, or perhaps feet and inches, on the other. See yard, n., 3, 4.
- n. Figuratively, a standard of measurement in general.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a ruler or tape that is three feet long
- n. a measure or standard used for comparison
yard + stick (Wiktionary)