from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, stands by one in need; something upon which one relies for constant use or in an emergency.
  • intransitive v. a preparatory order, equivalent to Be ready.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Standing; fixed. See the extract.
  • n. One who or that which stands by one.
  • n. A nautical signal to be in readiness. See stand by , under stand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an actor able to replace a regular performer when required
  • adj. ready for emergency use
  • n. something that can be relied on when needed
  • v. not act or do anything
  • v. be available or ready for a certain function or service
  • v. be loyal to


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