Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a signpost
  • noun by extension anything that provides guidance; a guideline

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

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

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Examples

  • It was many years before I realized that activism must be rooted in the very simple principle of love: love of some kind of moral or spiritual guidepost (some call their guidepost "God"), love of self, love for each other, and, unquestionably, love for humankind.

    Kevin Powell: Barack One Year Later: Open Letter to Young America

  • It was many years before I realized that activism must be rooted in the very simple principle of love: love of some kind of moral or spiritual guidepost (some call their guidepost "God"), love of self, love for each other, and, unquestionably, love for humankind.

    Barack One Year Later: Open Letter to Young America

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

    NYT > Home Page

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

    NYT > Home Page

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

    Judge Won't Approve Citi-SEC Pact

  • 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.

    theRacetotheBottom - Headline News

  • 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.

    China Central Bank Sets Yuan Post at Record

  • He says the data is a good guidepost only if they're considered alongside other economic indicators.

    U.S. Monthly Employment Report Not The Final Word On Jobs

  • 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.

    Archive 2010-05-01

  • 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.

    Copper Bets Flash a Warning

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