from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Status with respect to rank, reputation, or position in society or a profession.
  • noun High reputation; esteem.
  • noun Continuance in time; duration.
  • noun Law The right or capacity of a party to assert a particular cause of action in a court of law, based on such factors as whether the party is authorized by law to sue and has sufficient stake in the outcome to ensure that the case will be properly presented.
  • noun The act of one that stands.
  • noun Sports A listing of individual competitors or of teams in a league according to their record of performance.
  • adjective Remaining upright; erect.
  • adjective Not cut down.
  • adjective Performed or done from a standing position.
  • adjective Permanent and unchanging; fixed.
  • adjective Remaining in force or use indefinitely.
  • adjective Not movable; stationary.
  • adjective Not flowing or circulating; stagnant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of one who stands, in any sense.
  • noun The time at, in, or during which one stands.
  • noun The interval during which one keeps, or is supposed to keep, an upright or standing position. Compare sitting, n.
  • noun Hence— Duration; continuance; practice.
  • noun A standing-place; a position or post; a stand.
  • noun Relative position; degree; rank; consideration; social, professional, or commercial reputation; specifically, high rank: as, a member in full standing (of a church, society, club, or other organization); a committee composed of men of good standing.
  • Having an erect position; upright; perpendicular; hence, rising or raised; high.
  • Involving the attitude or position of one who stands; performed while standing: as, a standing jump.
  • Remaining at rest; motionless; inactive; specifically, of water, stagnant.
  • Permanent; lasting; fixed; not transient, transitory, or occasional: as, a standing rule; a standing order.
  • In printing, remaining for further use: noting composed types, printed or unprinted, which are reserved from distribution.
  • In a military organization, those orders which are always in force.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of stopping, or coming to a stand; the state of being erect upon the feet; stand.
  • noun Maintenance of position; duration; duration or existence in the same place or condition; continuance.
  • noun Place to stand in; station; stand.
  • noun Condition in society; relative position; reputation; rank.
  • noun (Naut.) sailing from the land.
  • noun (Naut.) sailing toward land.
  • adjective Remaining erect; not cut down.
  • adjective Not flowing; stagnant.
  • adjective Not transitory; not liable to fade or vanish; lasting.
  • adjective Established by law, custom, or the like; settled; continually existing; permanent; not temporary.
  • adjective Not movable; fixed.
  • adjective See Standing army, under Army.
  • adjective See Stud bolt, under Stud, a stem.
  • adjective in legislative bodies, etc., a committee appointed for the consideration of all subjects of a particular class which shall arise during the session or a stated period.
  • adjective a tall goblet, with a foot and a cover.
  • adjective (Arch.) that part of the interior fittings, esp. of a dwelling house, which is permanent and fixed in its place, as distinguished from doors, sashes, etc.
  • adjective (Eccl.), (Com.) an order for goods which are to be delivered periodically, without the need for renewal of the order before each delivery.
  • adjective (Naut.) That part of a rope around which turns are taken with the running part in making a knot or the like.
  • adjective (Naut.) the cordage or ropes which sustain the masts and remain fixed in their position, as the shrouds and stays, -- distinguished from running rigging.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of stand.; in the process of coming to an upright position.
  • adjective Erect, not cut down.
  • adjective Performed from an erect position.
  • adjective Remaining in force or status.


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