from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • noun One who, or that which, stands by one in need; something upon which one relies for constant use or in an emergency.

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

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


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