criteria (See criterion)

# Dictionary Definition

### Noun

1 a basis for comparison; a reference point
against which other things can be evaluated; "they set the measure
for all subsequent work" [syn: standard, measure, touchstone]

2 the ideal in terms of which something can be
judged; "they live by the standards of their community" [syn:
standard] [also:
criteria (pl)]

# User Contributed Dictionary

## English

### Etymology

The plural form of criterion, formed according to the -ον (-on) → -α (-a) pluralisation pattern.### Pronunciation

- /kɹaɪˈtɪəɹiə/

### Noun

criteria p- Plural of criterion#English|criterion
- A single criterion.

#### Usage notes

- Although the word criteria is sometimes treated as though it were singular or even uncountable, these uses are considered incorrect; the correct singular form is criterion, criteria is the plural form.

# Extensive Definition

Criterion may refer to:

In science and mathematics:

- Eisenstein's criterion, in mathematics, gives sufficient conditions for a polynomial to be irreducible over the rational numbers
- Euler's criterion, in number theory concerning primes
- Weyl's criterion, used in mathematics in the theory of diophantine approximation
- Criterion validity, in psychometrics, a measure of how well one variable or set of variables predicts an outcome
- Criterion-referenced test, translates a test score into a statement about the behavior to be expected of a person

In modern culture:

- Criteria (band), indie band
- Criterion Theatre, a theatre situated on Piccadilly Circus, London, England
- Criterion Theatre (Coventry), a theatre in Earlsdon, Coventry, England
- The Criterion Collection, a series of collector's edition DVDs
- Criterion Software, a game technology company in Guildford, England

criteria in Danish: Kriterium

criteria in German: Criterion

criteria in Spanish: Criterio

criteria in Ido: Kriterio

criteria in Polish: Kryterium

criteria in Portuguese:
Critério