Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary


adjective stand·ing \ˈstan-diŋ\

Simple Definition of standing

  • : used in or for standing

  • : done while in a standing position

  • : not flowing

Full Definition of standing

  1. 1a :  not yet cut or harvested <standing timber> <standing grain>b :  upright on the feet or base :  erect <the standing audience>

  2. 2 :  not flowing :  stagnant <standing water>

  3. 3a :  remaining at the same level, degree, or amount for an indeterminate period <a standing offer>b :  continuing in existence or use indefinitely <a standing joke>

  4. 4 :  established by law or custom

  5. 5 :  not movable

  6. 6 :  done from a standing position <a standing jump> <a standing ovation>

Examples of standing

  1. Start the exercise in a standing position.

  2. The standing offer for the computer system is $1,499.

14th Century

First Known Use of standing

14th century

Rhymes with standing



noun stand·ing

Simple Definition of standing

  • : the position or rank of someone in a group

  • standings sports : a list that shows the positions of the players or teams that are competing against each other

  • : length of existence

Full Definition of standing

  1. 1a :  a place to stand in :  locationb :  a position from which one may assert or enforce legal rights and duties

  2. 2a :  length of service or experience especially as determining rank, pay, or privilegeb :  position or condition in society or in a profession; especially :  good reputation <a member in good standing>c :  position relative to a standard of achievement or to achievements of competitors; also plural :  a listing of the standings of individuals or teams (as in a league)

  3. 3 :  maintenance of position or condition :  duration <a custom of long standing>

Examples of standing

  1. a lawyer of high standing

  2. They've won five games in a row and are starting to move up in the standings.

  3. They're in first place in the current standings.

  4. a marriage of many years' standing

15th Century

First Known Use of standing

15th century

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up standing? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

Get Word of the Day daily email!


Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!


How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 196.5 pounds 100 pounds 2.2 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.