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standby

[stand-bahy] /ˈstændˌbaɪ/
noun, plural standbys.
1.
a staunch supporter or adherent; one who can be relied upon.
2.
something upon which one can rely and therefore choose or use regularly.
3.
something or someone held ready to serve as a substitute, especially a radio or television program used as a filler in case of cancellation of a regularly scheduled program.
4.
a traveler who is waiting for last-minute accommodations to become available on a plane, train, or other transport as a result of a cancellation.
adjective
5.
kept readily available for use in an emergency, shortage, or the like:
a standby player.
6.
of or pertaining to last-minute accommodations, the transport that offers them, or a traveler who is waiting for them:
a standby flight.
7.
of or pertaining to a waiting period.
Also, stand by.
Idioms
8.
on standby, in a state of readiness to act, respond, or be used immediately when needed.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; noun, adj. use of verb phrase stand by
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  • Set computers to power down or go into standby mode when unused.
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  • Harder to answer is whether it will be possible to create a market that is both tourist attraction and neighborhood standby.

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