touchstone

  • 1 Touchstone — Pictures (engl. touchstone = „Prüfstein”), auch bekannt als Touchstone Films, ist eine US amerikanische Filmproduktionsfirma mit Firmensitz in Burbank, Kalifornien, die zur Walt Disney Company gehört. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Firmengeschichte 2… …

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  • 2 Touchstone — 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}. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: Any test or… …

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  • 3 TouchStone — is a 1980s rock band out of Vienna, Austria. The group was made up of founding member and singer/song writer Dain Turner, guitarist Hossein Yasery Manesh, keyboardist Christian Skokan, bassist Günter Kopler, and drummer Alfred Vollbauer. In 1982… …

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  • 4 touchstone — index standard Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 5 touchstone — (n.) late 15c., from TOUCH (Cf. touch) (v.) + STONE (Cf. stone) (n.). Black quartz, used for testing the quality of gold and silver alloys by the color of the streak made by rubbing them on it. Cf. also BASALT (Cf. basalt). Figurative sense is… …

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  • 6 touchstone — *criterion, *standard, gauge, yardstick Analogous words: test, proof, trial, demonstration (see under PROVE) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 touchstone — ► NOUN 1) a piece of fine grained dark schist or jasper formerly used for testing alloys of gold by observing the colour of the mark which they made on it. 2) a standard or criterion …

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  • 8 touchstone — [tuch′stōn΄] n. 1. a type of black stone formerly used to test the purity of gold or silver by the streak left on it when it was rubbed with the metal 2. any test of genuineness or value …

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  • 9 Touchstone — A touchstone is a small tablet of dark stone such as fieldstone, slate, or lydite, used for assaying precious metal alloys. It has a finely grained surface on which soft metals leave a visible trace.Probing with a touchstoneBy rubbing a metal on… …

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  • 10 touchstone — /tuch stohn /, n. 1. a test or criterion for the qualities of a thing. 2. a black siliceous stone formerly used to test the purity of gold and silver by the color of the streak produced on it by rubbing it with either metal. [1475 85; TOUCH +… …

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  • 11 Touchstone — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Touchstone peut désigner: Le studio de cinéma Touchstone Pictures La filiale télévision de ce studio Touchstone Television renommé ABC Television Studio… …

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  • 12 touchstone — UK [ˈtʌtʃˌstəʊn] / US [ˈtʌtʃˌstoʊn] noun [countable] Word forms touchstone : singular touchstone plural touchstones a standard that is used for testing or judging other things touchstone for/of: a dictionary that is a touchstone for legal… …

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  • 13 touchstone — touch|stone [ˈtʌtʃstəun US stoun] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: touchstone stone used for testing the quality of gold and silver (16 21 centuries)] something used as a test or standard touchstone of ▪ Pupil behaviour was seen as the touchstone of… …

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  • 14 touchstone — noun Date: 1530 1. a black siliceous stone related to flint and formerly used to test the purity of gold and silver by the streak left on the stone when rubbed by the metal 2. a test or criterion for determining the quality or genuineness of a… …

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  • 15 touchstone — touch|stone [ tʌtʃ,stoun ] noun count a standard that is used for testing or judging other things: touchstone for/of: a dictionary that is a touchstone for legal definitions …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 touchstone — [[t]tʌ̱tʃstoʊn[/t]] touchstones N COUNT: usu N of/for n If you use one thing as a touchstone of another, you use it as a test or standard by which you judge the second thing. Job security has become the touchstone of a good job for many employees …

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  • 17 touchstone — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. standard, test, criterion; see proof 1 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) n. [TUCH stone] any measure or test for worth or genuineness, a standard. His masterpiece was the touchstone against which all others… …

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  • 18 touchstone — noun (C) something used as a test or standard (+ of): Pupil behaviour was seen as the touchstone of quality of the school system …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 touchstone — noun the declaration was considered a touchstone for Soviet dissidents Syn: criterion, standard, yardstick, benchmark, barometer, bellwether, litmus test; measure, point of reference, norm, gauge, test, guide, exemplar, model, pattern …

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  • 20 touchstone — noun a) A stone used to test the quality of gold alloys. b) A standard of comparison or evaluation …

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