standby


1stand·by

noun \ˈstan(d)-ˌbī\

: a person or thing that is available especially in emergencies

plural stand·bys \-ˌbīz\

Full Definition of STANDBY

1
a :  one to be relied on especially in emergencies
b :  a favorite or reliable choice or resource
2
:  one that is held in reserve ready for use :  substitute
on standby
:  ready or available for immediate action or use

Examples of STANDBY

  1. More police officers were sent as standbys.
  2. We bought an electric generator as a standby.

First Known Use of STANDBY

1796

Rhymes with STANDBY

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2standby

adjective

: relating to or traveling by an airline service in which the passenger must wait for an available seat

Full Definition of STANDBY

1
:  held near at hand and ready for use <a standby power plant> <standby equipment>
2
:  relating to the act or condition of standing by <standby duty> <a standby period>
3
:  of, relating to, or traveling by an airline service in which the passenger must wait for an available unreserved seat <standby passengers> <a standby ticket>

First Known Use of STANDBY

1872

Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms

airway, apron, corridor, dirigible, fishtail, flat-hat, vector

3standby

adverb

Definition of STANDBY

:  on a standby basis <fly standby>

First Known Use of STANDBY

1971

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