a measure or standard used for comparison;
"on what kind of yardstick is he basing his judgment?"
a ruler or tape that is three feet long
- For everyday purpose, that standard object could be a yardstick or meter stick.
- We shall use it as a yardstick in the following brief survey of the theories of static fatigue.
- The right of a people to decide their own destiny, to make their way in freedom, is not to be measured by the yardstick of colour or degree of social development.