AskDefine | Define standby

Dictionary Definition

standby adj : ready for emergency use; "a standby generator"; "a standby crew"


1 something that can be relied on when needed
2 an actor able to replace a regular performer when required [syn: understudy]

User Contributed Dictionary



standby, plural standbys
  1. State of readiness without being immediately involved.
    The troops were on standby in case of an attack.
  2. (Travel) Waiting at the airport in the hope of getting a seat on a flight that is already booked out.
  3. 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.


  1. (Particularly in radio transmissions) Wait briefly.
    Standby while I check that for you.''

Extensive Definition

Standby may refer to:
  • Standby (telecommunications), term in telecommunications
  • Standby (air travel), a list in which passengers may request to be placed on to request an earlier or more convenient flight.
  • Standby (theater), an actor or performer who will appear in a particular role if the regular performer is not present – similar to an understudy. However, unlike understudies, standbys will only perform when they are needed to cover a role, and do not regularly appear in a show.
  • Standby (band), a funny music band from Greece,
  • Sleep mode (in electronics), also known as standby-mode - a mode in which electronic appliances are turned off but under power and ready to activate on command
  • Standby power energy consumed by an electronic device while it is turned off.
  • Standby (computers), a mode an ACPI-compliant computer can be in. It is more formally called ACPI S3.
  • Standby, the term NASA uses in air-to-ground radio communications for expressing "please wait"
standby in German: Standby
standby in Japanese: スタンバイ

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