guidepost

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n guidepost a rule or principle that provides guidance to appropriate behavior
    • n guidepost a post bearing a sign that gives directions or shows the way
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Guidepost A post at the fork of a road, with a guideboard on it, to direct travelers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n guidepost A post placed at the point of division or intersection of two or more roads, and displaying a sign for directing travelers on their way; a finger-post.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Guidepost a post erected at a roadside to guide the traveller
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
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    “Past failures are guideposts to success.”
  • Edmund Burke
    Edmund%20Burke
    “Great men are the guideposts and landmarks in the state.”
  • Ellen Goodman
    Ellen Goodman
    “Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds. The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe and aren't even aware of.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. guider; prob. from a Teut. root, as in A.S. witan, to know, wís, wise, Ger. weisen, to show, conn. with wit, wise.

Usage

In literature:

It is one of those generalizations which serve as guideposts to other discoveries.
"A History of Science, Volume 4(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
I say, "Tear down the useless guidepost," but they answer, "Oh, do not do that or we will have nothing to go by.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll, Volume I" by Robert Green Ingersoll
Then they walked to the angle of the roads where the guidepost stood.
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
Great men are the guideposts and landmarks in the state.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
To Ross's eyes there was no trail to follow, no guideposts, yet Kurt steered ahead with confidence.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
What I have done speaks for me as a guidepost to what I mean to do.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
There were no guideposts in the sea.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
These phrases are guideposts pointing the direction the next topic will take.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
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In news:

Melody has also contributed to Guideposts magazine and Angels on Earth magazine.
Selling Solutions, Not Capabilities: How Guidepost Solutions Stays on Top.
Seeking Guideposts to Help in No-Man's Land.
Son Volt 's first three albums, released between 1995 and 1998, served as important guideposts for just what laid beyond the work of Uncle Tupelo, which forged together college rock, roots music, punk rock and country rock of Gram Parsons.
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In science:

As such the results reached here can serve as guideposts for further enquiries along these lines.
Low magnetic-Prandtl number flow configurations for cold astrophysical disk models: speculation and analysis
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