• WordNet 3.6
    • n criterion the ideal in terms of which something can be judged "they live by the standards of their community"
    • n criterion a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated "the schools comply with federal standards","they set the measure for all subsequent work"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Criterion A standard of judging; any approved or established rule or test, by which facts, principles opinions, and conduct are tried in forming a correct judgment respecting them. "Of the diseases of the mind there is no criterion .""Inferences founded on such enduring criteria ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n criterion A standard of judgment or criticism; a law, rule, or principle regarded as universally valid for the class of cases under consideration, by which matters of fact, propositions, opinions, or conduct can be tested in order to discover their truth or falsehood, or by which a correct judgment may be formed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Criterion krī-tē′ri-on a means or standard of judging: a test: a rule, standard, or canon
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  • George Washington
    “A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.”
  • Albert Low
    Albert Low
    “The criterion of simplicity requires that the minimum number of assumptions be postulated.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. a means for judging, fr. decider, judge, fr. to separate. See Certain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr., from kritēs, a judge.


In literature:

We have no criterion or standard by which to judge the ethical value of a thought.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
The criterion of this evolution is manifestly both ethical and metaphysical.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
The only reliable criterion for the majority of cases is the spirit of the design in the intaglio.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
These men were to him great or little according as they shot well or ill. That was to him the sole criterion.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
The Criterion Theatre and Restaurant are on the south-east side.
"The Strand District" by Sir Walter Besant
The color of an animal is, to some extent, a criterion of the purity of its breed.
"The Stock-Feeder's Manual" by Charles Alexander Cameron
The quality of the food, therefore, is no criterion of the quality of the flesh.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
To what criterion shall we appeal?
"A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity." by William Wilberforce
I still believe it will be tied to such a raid, though it now appears there is at least one additional criterion.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
The only criterion was that I be trained to use Sandeman magic as well as I could, which has been done.
"Zeta Exchange" by Ann Wilson

In news:

The Phantom Carriage a film directed by Victor Sjöström Criterion Collection, Blu-Ray $39.95.
The company once I learned that Stork Vision was added to the SBA's approved vendor's list, a criterion which helped my franchise become eligible for a $67,000 loan from the SBA.
A Criterion Collection release of the 1948 20th Century Fox film.
( Courtesy of the Criterion Collection ).
DVD cover for "The Killing" released by The Criterion Collection.
Criterion releases Jim Jarmusch's jailbird gem on Blu-ray.
Emily Esfahani Smith is an associate editor at The New Criterion.
A prime criterion in the evaluation of important 18th-century American antiques is "original finish," which means, technically, that the surface of a piece is untouched.
In addition to the SciFi series' highly-anticipated arrival on Blu-ray, not one but two of Whit Stillman's comedies come to HD thanks to Criterion Collection.
The Bronx High School of Science is one of eight schools in New York for which a shared exam is the sole criterion for entrance.
ATLANTA – Georgia's 2012 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) results released Thursday show more students are exceeding the standards than last year.
'Waiting For Lightning' playing at Criterion Cinemas in New Haven.
The individual child is the real criterion.
The Criterion Collection has rescued a lovely, generally unknown gem from the oblivion of archival and festival showings.
His cavalier "nobody died" attitude is not a legitimate criterion for expanding nuclear plants.

In science:

We start with some general theorems including the proofs of the necessary and sufficient condition for the existence of determinantal random point field with Hermitian kernel and a criterion for the weak convergence of its distribution.
Determinantal random point fields
The next result gives a criterion for the weak convergence of determinantal random point fields.
Determinantal random point fields
In the case of a determinantal random point field this implies the following criterion: a determinantal random point field is translation invariant if and only if the kernel K is translation invariant, i.e., K (x, y ) = K (x − y , 0) =: K (x − y ).
Determinantal random point fields
Significantly, though, the Toomre criterion places a much lower critical density on the galaxy (∼1020 atoms cm-2 ), which is shown by the galaxy’s low SFR to not be applicable.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
Cowie (1981) showed that this criterion is also applicable to instabilities in a gaseous disk if embedded in a more massive stellar disk.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions