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Definition 1: a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where touchstone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the schools comply with federal standards
  • they set the measure for all subsequent work

Synonyms for touchstone in the sense of this definition

(touchstone is a kind of ...) a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic

(... is a kind of touchstone ) a standard by which something can be measured or judged

"his painting sets the benchmark of quality"

(... is a kind of touchstone ) an imaginary line or standard by which things are measured or compared

"the established a baseline for the budget"

(... is a kind of touchstone ) accepted or approved instance or example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared

(... is a kind of touchstone ) an ordered reference standard

"judging on a scale of 1 to 10"

(... is a kind of touchstone ) anything that is generally accepted as a standard of value and a measure of wealth in a particular country or region

(... is a kind of touchstone ) a measure or standard used for comparison

"on what kind of yardstick is he basing his judgment?"

(... is a kind of touchstone ) a standard that is enforced uniformly without regard to individuality

(... is a kind of touchstone ) a measure of a student's academic achievement at a college or university; calculated by dividing the total number of grade points received by the total number attempted

(... is a kind of touchstone ) (baseball) a measure of a pitcher's effectiveness; calculated as the average number of earned runs allowed by the pitcher for every nine innings pitched

(... is a kind of touchstone ) a standard or model or pattern regarded as typical

"the current middle-class norm of two children per family"

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