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Ruler and Yardstick Definitions

Ruler

One, such as a monarch or dictator, that rules or governs.

Yardstick

A graduated measuring stick one yard in length.

Ruler

A straightedged strip, as of wood or metal, for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths. Also called rule.

Yardstick

A test, standard, or model used in measurement, comparison, or judgment.

Ruler

A (usually rigid), flat, rectangular measuring or drawing device with graduations in units of measurement; a straightedge with markings.
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Yardstick

A measuring rod thirty-six inches (one yard) long.

Ruler

A person who rules or governs; someone or something that exercises dominion or controlling power over others.

Yardstick

(figuratively) A standard to which other measurements or comparisons are judged.

Ruler

(transitive) To beat with a ruler (as a traditional school punishment).

Yardstick

A stick three feet, or a yard, in length, used as a measure of cloth, etc.
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Ruler

One who rules; one who exercises sway or authority; a governor.
And he made him ruler over all the land.
A prince and ruler of the land.

Yardstick

A measure or standard used for comparison;
On what kind of yardstick is he basing his judgment?

Ruler

Measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths

Yardstick

A ruler or tape that is three feet long

Ruler

A person who rules or commands;
Swayer of the universe

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