Standby meaning

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Of, for, or functioning as a standby.
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Something that is standard, well-tested, or frequently used.

That recipe is an old standby, and she keeps the ingredients around in case of unexpected guests.

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One that can always be relied on, as in an emergency.
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One kept in readiness to serve as a substitute.
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A mode of operation for a computer, television, or other electronic device in which the power is on and the device is ready for immediate use.
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Kept in reserve for use when needed.

A standby generator.

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Of, relating to, or waiting for unreserved travel space that is made available by an airline only shortly before departure.

Standby passengers.

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On a standby basis.

Flew standby to New York.

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A person or thing that can always be depended on, is always effective, etc.
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A person or thing ready to serve or be put into service on an emergency basis or as a substitute.
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A person waiting to board an airplane, etc. if space becomes available, as through a cancellation.
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State of readiness without being immediately involved.

The troops were on standby in case of an attack.

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(travel) Waiting at the airport in the hope of getting a seat on a flight that is already booked out.
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(proscribed neologism, operations) Wait briefly: alternative spelling of stand by.

Standby while I check that for you.

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on standby
  • Ready and available.
  • As a standby passenger.
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on standby
  • ready or waiting as a standby
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

on standby
on standby

Origin of standby