Meaning of National Bureau of Standards

Na'tional Bu'reau of Stand'ards

Pronunciation: [key]
— U.S. Govt. U.S. Govt.
  1. the federal agency that establishes the standards for units used in measuring the physical properties of substances. Abbr.: NBS, N.B.S.
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