n. (abbr. ANSI)a nongovernmental organization chartered to coordinate the development of standards within the United States and to harmonize national standards with those of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)Harrod 1977The USA organization for issuing recommendations as to the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. . . . From 1918, when it was founded, until 1966 it was known as the American Standards Association (ASA) and from then until October 1969 as the United States of America Standards Institute (USASI).