Complete Definition of "standards"

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Noun
standards

  1. Plural of standard.

Adverb
standards

  1. (plural form only): Pertaining to standards, concerned with standards, specific to standards.

#:There is some sign of disparate standards bodies becoming more closely aligned.

Usage notes
A body or organization that dictates standards does not exist to confer details about a single standard. Standard as an adjective generally refers to a specific version of a standard issued by a standards institution; that standard version itself will actually be a list of many individual standards.) For example, ANSI Standard MUMPS refers to the 1995 MUMPS programming language specification issued by the American National Standards Institute, a standards organization. 1995 MUMPS standard specifies many standards that a programming language must adhere to, to be legitimately recognised as "standard MUMPS."

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