In a A.Blackwood story, I have trouble understanding the following:

Pedestrians went hurrying and shivering along the pavements, disappearing into the gloom of countless ugly little houses the moment they passed beyond the glare of the big electric standards that lit the thundering motor-buses in the main street.

I consulted two dictionaries but could not find a suitable meaning for "standard" that would fit the context here. I am also not sure whether the buses were lit by them or the other way around (the buses lit them).

1 Answer 1


It must refer to street lamps. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/lamp-standard . It's the buses which are being illuminated by the lamps (otherwise it would be were lit by the buses).

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .