1. A rod or pole that is the height of the story marked on it from joist to joist and also has the brick courses and any openings marked on it. 2. In ceramic tile installation, a long strip of wood marked at the appropriate joint intervals for the tile to be used; it is used to check the length, width, or height of the tilework; also called an Idiot Stick. 3. Wooden rod used to measure heights and locate rows of siding.