[ noun ] a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated


"they set the measure for all subsequent work"

Used in print

(Handbook of Federal Aids to Communities. U.S. Dep...)

In_addition , the SBA uses such criteria as number of employees and dollar_volume of the business .

[ noun ] the ideal in terms of which something can be judged




"they live by the standards of their community"

Used in print

(Mr. America, 4:6...)

It is the one exercise that drastically influences the definition of the thighs at the hipline - that mark of the champion that sets him apart from all other bodybuilders - a criterion of muscle `` drama '' that_is unforgettable to judges and audiences alike - the facet of muscular development that wins prizes .

(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)

Life is further characterized , in antithesis to Piepsam , as animal : the image of a dog , which appears at several places , is first given as the criterion of amiable , irrelevant interest aroused by life considered simply as a spectacle : a dog in a wagon is `` admirable '' , `` a pleasure to contemplate '' ; another wagon has no dog , and therefore is `` devoid_of interest '' .