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Meaning of TOUCHSTONE

Pronunciation:  'tutshstown

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated; "they set the measure for all subsequent work"
 

TOUCHSTONE is a 10 letter word that starts with T.

 

 Synonyms: criterion, measure, standard
 
 See Also: baseline, benchmark, graduated table, medium of exchange, monetary system, norm, ordered series, point of reference, reference, reference point, scale, scale of measurement, standard of measurement, yardstick

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Touch"stone`\, n.
1. (Min.) Lydian stone; basanite; -- so called because used
   to test the purity of gold and silver by the streak which
   is left upon the stone when it is rubbed by the metal. See
   {Basanite}.

2. Fig.: Any test or criterion by which the qualities of a
   thing are tried. --Hooker.

         The foregoing doctrine affords us also a touchstone
         for the trial of spirits.             --South.

{Irish touchstone} (Min.), basalt, the stone which composes
   the Giant's Causeway.

 

 

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