Definition of standby in English:

standby

noun

  • 1Readiness for duty or immediate deployment.

    ‘buses were placed on standby for the trip to Washington’
    • ‘The force helicopter will also be on standby to respond to robberies and protect security staff.’
    • ‘Gritters and snow ploughs are on standby as temperatures look set to plummet to - 8C across Hampshire next week.’
    • ‘By spotting the danger signs early enough, a civil defence team can be put on standby to provide an immediate response to another flood.’
    • ‘Firefighters were called to the scene and placed on standby but were not needed.’
    • ‘The lifeboat crew are on standby all the year round.’
    • ‘They had told me to be on standby and not to book a holiday.’
    • ‘The image consultants have been on 24-hour emergency standby.’
    • ‘The property and the adjacent house were cordoned off and an ambulance was put on standby near the scene.’
    • ‘A waiter was already there on standby in case we needed something.’
    • ‘The rescue service remains on permanent standby and is ready to mobilise to any site worldwide within 12 hours.’
    • ‘Voters will go to the polls today with 95,000 police on the streets and 100,000 troops on standby for immediate deployment.’
    • ‘The police helicopter unit was placed on standby.’
    • ‘One platoon is always on standby for immediate deployment to crisis spots.’
    • ‘A Special Reaction Team is on standby 24 hours a day.’
    • ‘Gritters were placed on standby ready to treat motorways and other main roads in an effort to prevent accidents.’
    • ‘He said: ‘There was a lifeboat on standby for safety for the crews because they were working above the water.’’
    • ‘As part of the government's rapid reaction force, 45 Commando are on permanent standby for deployment to anywhere in the world at very short notice.’
    • ‘The air ambulance is one of only three helicopters in the country that covers night flying and is on standby for 19 hours a day, from 8am until 3am, 365 days a year.’
    • ‘Likewise, the Reserve forces will be revamped to have 2,800 troops in small units on standby for swift deployment.’
    • ‘The 16 volunteers - handpicked for their varied skills and expertise - were on standby until the middle of last month.’
    1. 1.1The state of waiting to secure an unreserved place for a journey or performance, allocated on the basis of earliest availability.
      ‘passengers were obliged to go on standby’
      • ‘It often involves being trapped on standby in the Atlanta airport on a rainy Friday night.’
      • ‘Very frequent flyers get more free upgrades, often pay less to buy upgrades, and get preferred treatment on standby upgrade lists.’
      • ‘The seats are typically offered on standby basis and but have become increasingly hard for employees to nail down as many flights fly at record-full levels.’
      • ‘But cheap fares are filling the empty seats staffers used to use on standby.’
      • ‘The 74 passengers were put on standby for the next available flight.’
      • ‘But he could put me on standby for the last flight out.’
    2. 1.2A person waiting to secure a place on standby.
      • ‘I see a line at the counter - standbys waiting to take my seat no doubt.’
      • ‘New airport rules don't make this easy, but it turns out that if someone ahead of you on the standby list gets on the plane but decides against it, that's permitted.’
      • ‘So I camped out and waited for the standbys to get called.’
      • ‘The gate attendant announced that they were no longer accepting standbys, because they already had 50, and the flight was sold out.’
      • ‘When they called the flight, to my relief I was one of the standbys who made it aboard.’
      • ‘It comes with the territory when you are a standby passenger that sometimes you just don't get on the plane.’
      • ‘I got on the flight even though there were a bunch of standbys milling around the ticket counter.’
    3. 1.3A person or thing ready to be deployed immediately, especially if needed as backup in an emergency.
      ‘a generator was kept as a standby in case of power failure’
      [as modifier] ‘a standby rescue vessel’
      • ‘In most cases, the second server is a standby server - ready to take over if the first server fails.’
      • ‘Third, escape routes should be fitted with standby power and smoke - protection devices, and proper evacuation procedures should be planned.’
      • ‘There are nearly 100 people on night shift as standby in case of emergencies.’
      • ‘To ensure emergency electricity supplies, standby generators are being provided for pumping and ventilation.’
      • ‘It was not surprising that a standby system was always in place.’
      • ‘Is the carbon dioxide produced by all those standby power stations accounted for in their statistics?’
      • ‘The tugboat is truly multi purpose, as it can lead oil tankers into port, repair petroleum pipes in the sea and act as a standby rescue boat.’
      • ‘BT are also investigating ways to exploit the stocks of fuel set aside to operate the exchange standby power generators.’
      • ‘In all football championship matches the referee must have his own umpires and official linesmen and a standby referee are also appointed.’
      • ‘Thank goodness it was only ever a standby facility, and that today it lies rotting and abandoned.’
      • ‘They have a standby generator and five solar panels.’
      • ‘Permanent standby generators with automatic operation generally cost between $2,200 and $10,000.’
      • ‘A standby crew of 15 fully trained nurses work lull time at The Pas Hospital and are on call 24 hours.’
      • ‘Producers can fall into the same reasoning, so standbys and understudies rarely get the job when a star needs to be replaced long-term.’
      • ‘Athens Olympics organisers took the extraordinary step early yesterday of training a standby athlete to light the Olympic flame.’
      • ‘And atop the van were five bicycles, kept as a standby in case of the breakdown of any cycle during the course of the rally.’
      • ‘Although you can buy a commercial version of Jenny's ginger, shallot and chilli sauce, she says it is easy to make and is a wonderful standby to have in the fridge.’
      • ‘Soup is a great standby, and we Scots are the best soup-makers of all.’
      • ‘Only twelve players are selected along with three reserves and three standbys.’
      • ‘It was also reported last week that hospital bosses knew the standby air conditioning unit had been faulty for five years, but did not have the money to repair it.’
      • ‘Hospitals must have standby power, because building codes and accreditation organizations require it.’
      • ‘Stored rainwater also is a good standby in times of emergencies such as power outages or during periods of extreme drought when wells dry up.’
    4. 1.4An operational mode of an electrical appliance in which the power is switched on but the appliance is not actually functioning.
      • ‘Batteries will usually last at least 100 hours on standby and give around two hours talktime, but batteries that last for up to 15 days on standby and give ten hours talktime are available.’
      • ‘Main standby offenders in Irish homes are TVs, video recorders, DVDs, video games, satellite decoders, stereo systems, PCs and microwave ovens.’
      • ‘It serves as a timely reminder, though, that I am very bad at leaving appliances - computer, CD players - on, or TV on standby, overnight or when I'm out.’
      • ‘Leakage current measurements are performed with the product energized and in all conditions, such as standby and full operation.’
      • ‘America's televisions draw enough standby power each year to light 5 million homes.’
      • ‘Having your appliances like TVs and computers on standby power uses 11% of all Australian residential electricity.’
      • ‘Around £88m is wasted by leaving TVs on standby.’
      • ‘The standby function on electrical appliances is responsible for an estimated six per cent of the UK's domestic electricity consumption.’
      • ‘The most popular ways of saving energy are often the most simple, such as turning off lights, not leaving the TV on standby, and encouraging their parents to fit energy-saving lightbulbs.’
      • ‘Microsoft is hoping the devices will have a 100 to 120 hours standby time.’
      • ‘The rechargeable battery promises 200 minutes of talk time and 100 hours stand-by time.’
      • ‘We're looking at some sort of device which could provide the energy for household goods instead of them running off the mains when they are on standby.’
      • ‘One nuclear power station is needed to feed the millions of electrical appliances left in standby mode around the UK every day.’
      • ‘A new chip promises to significantly reduce the power consumption of numerous consumer products and portable computing devices operating in standby mode.’
      • ‘There's an entirely sensible campaign now in the UK to encourage people to switch off appliances left on standby, saving both greenhouse gas emissions and money.’
      • ‘Normally you should only receive the message that the computer cannot go into standby mode if the camera is attached to the computer.’
      • ‘Laser printers are energy hogs, both during active use and in standby mode.’
      • ‘There can be a problem with televisions left on standby as the current has nowhere to go.’
      • ‘Electrical goods and appliances left on standby contribute to more than €30m in wasted energy state-wide so its best to turn them off when not in use.’
      • ‘Your TV and video can use as much electricity on standby as they do switched on, so unplug them at night.’

Pronunciation:

standby

/ˈstan(d)ˌbī/