from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A post with a sign giving directions for travelers, usually placed at a crossroad.
  • n. Something that serves as a guide or an example; a guideline.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a signpost
  • n. anything that provides guidance; a guideline

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A post at the fork of a road, with a guideboard on it, to direct travelers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A post placed at the point of division or intersection of two or more roads, and displaying a sign for directing travelers on their way; a finger-post.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a post bearing a sign that gives directions or shows the way
  • n. a rule or principle that provides guidance to appropriate behavior


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  • Sandberg could have been a proud symbol of the "Cubs Way" that Epstein speaks of as a guidepost for the organization.

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  • In the Citigroup case, Judge Huvelle said there was no "guidepost" to determine whether $75 million was a fair penalty.

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  • The court then concluded that the civil disgorgement remedy provides an appropriate "guidepost" for computing how much of the gain is attributable to the "deception" of insider trading.

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  • As an economic guidepost, copper prices historically have signaled recovery well ahead of other indicators, said Bart Melek , head of commodity strategy at TD Securities.

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  • BEIJING—China's central bank set the yuan's official guidepost at a new high Monday even as global investors continued to push the currency lower, suggesting that Beijing will continue to let the Chinese currency strengthen despite global economic jitters.

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  • Physical difference is the guidepost for identifying most groups targeted for oppression: Not Males, people of color/ethnicities, children, elderly, disabled, fat, and on a subtler but just as effective level, class and regional identity.

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  • His book, Earth in Balance will be 20 years old in 2012, and it seems that it still stands as the most proficient guidepost to tackle the world's ecological problems.

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  • The People's Bank of China prohibits the yuan from rising or falling against the dollar by more than 0.5% from the dollar/yuan central parity, a daily guidepost for the currency pair, which was set at 6.3165 Friday.

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