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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.
2.Any test or criterion by which the qualities of a thing are tried.
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.
Noun1.touchstone - a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated; "they set the measure for all subsequent work"
acid test, assay, barometer, benchmark, blank determination, brouillon, canon, check, criterion, crucial test, crucible, degree, demonstration, determination, docimasy, essay, feeling out, first draft, gauge, graduated scale, kiteflying, measure, model, norm, ordeal, parameter, pattern, probation, proof, quantity, reading, readout, reference, rough draft, rough sketch, rule, scale, sounding out, standard, test, test case, trial, try, type, value, verification, yardstick
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Touch-needle
Touch-paper
touch-type
touch-typist
Touchable
Touchback
Touchdown
touched
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Touchhole
Touchily
Touchiness
Touching
touchingly
touchline
touchpad
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Touchwood
Touchy
touchy-feely
Tough
tough guy
tough luck
Tough-cake
Tough-head
tough-minded
Tough-pitch
Toughen
toughened
toughie
Toughish
Toughly
Toughness
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