Definition of standing in English:



  • 1Position, status, or reputation.

    ‘their standing in the community’
    ‘a man of high social standing’
    • ‘Her witnesses confirmed that she was a lady of good standing with an annual income of 300 marks and some claim to royal blood.’
    • ‘In the 1850s and 1860s Gladstone emerged as a politician of clear national standing with a reputation for oratory.’
    • ‘Winning an Oscar, it is reasoned, should have a positive effect on feelings of perceived social standing.’
    • ‘All serving officers of good standing were entitled to join the RUC, the fledgling Six Counties police force.’
    • ‘Much has been made recently in the Evening Advertiser and elsewhere of the low standing of Swindon's Social Services Department.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, not all who are in leading positions or of high standing understand this, as was manifested by the talk show.’
    • ‘You are the very first black woman to occupy a position of this standing.’
    • ‘All of these arguments for social equality rightly stress the importance of people's social status or public standing.’
    • ‘In doing so, it was to take into account the applicant's character, reputation and financial standing.’
    • ‘It is crucially important to the city's reputation and standing nationally and internationally.’
    • ‘For centuries, spouse selection was subject to family status and social standing.’
    • ‘The rank and social standing of the subjects of portraiture are also expressed by conventions, which shift with time.’
    • ‘If the customer is of good standing, then the bank will permit him to draw against uncleared proceeds within a given ceiling and usually without prior approval.’
    • ‘In my view nothing does more to depress the reputation and standing of teachers than to witness the annual antics that go on there.’
    • ‘Poverty often leads to conditions in which women's civil rights and social standing is far below that of men.’
    • ‘The person who defends them is a man of good standing, not dynamic but dependable.’
    • ‘People of lower social standing were respected as valued members of the community.’
    • ‘Only in Pakistani cricket could someone's reputation and standing undergo the sort of transformation that Waqar Younis has just enjoyed.’
    • ‘Paralysed by questions about the distribution of wealth, Labour stood by while the housing market drove divisions in wealth and social standing.’
    • ‘University status will strengthen the institute's academic reputation and international standing.’
    seniority, rank, eminence, prominence, prestige, reputation, good reputation, repute, stature, esteem, illustriousness, importance, account, consequence, influence, weight, sway, distinction, renown, note, notability, noteworthiness
    status, rank, ranking, position, social position, station, level, footing, place
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    1. 1.1The table of scores indicating the relative positions of competitors in a sports contest.
      ‘she heads the world championship standings’
      • ‘They are now in second place in the standings behind pacesetters Malaysia Sports School.’
      • ‘One week later he was on top of the Nextel Cup point standings for the first time in his career.’
      • ‘Hester's brilliant mark on Escapado puts him in fourth in the individual standings.’
      • ‘In the star class, Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell came in sixth in the fifth race to move to ninth in the overall standings.’
      • ‘It was the first draw in Tri-Nations history and means Australia remain on top of the standings.’
      • ‘He needs to crank out an even better season if this young team hopes to climb in the standings.’
      • ‘He will help the Penguins in the standings and at the gate and possibly get that arena deal done.’
      • ‘Want to see why your favorite driver is where he or she is in the Winston Cup point standings?’
      • ‘Lampkin was third in the qualifiers and his result has strengthened his grip on third place in the overall standings.’
      • ‘Both drivers retained first and second positions in the overall standings.’
      • ‘Lee is the highest player in the standings not to have been named man of the match in the tournament to date.’
      • ‘Of course at the time it was Liverpool often coming out on top in the final league standings.’
      • ‘The Honda rider now has deficit of 43 points in the championship standings.’
      • ‘New Zealand are third in the Test match standings and there is a message there.’
      • ‘Seattle ended up losing in extra innings and dropped another game in the standings.’
      • ‘It is wrong that a team with more losses could end up higher in the standings than a team with fewer.’
      • ‘The only place this team is picking up speed is in its downhill slide in the points standings.’
      • ‘The pair were lying fifth in the individual standings, one place up from their dressage placing.’
      • ‘If only his team could find a way to do the same, and pick a season to be on top of the divisional standings.’
      • ‘Greece and Italy also shook up the standings on the final day of preliminary round play.’
  • 2Used to specify the length of time that something has lasted or that someone has fulfilled a particular role.

    ‘an interdepartmental squabble of long standing’
    • ‘Long-standing heartburn, especially if it isn't properly treated, may lead to complications.’
    • ‘‘The pace and content of reform in any particular country or region would be greatly enhanced with the resolution of long-standing conflicts in the region,’ the statement said.’
    • ‘If this bill becomes law, it could end a long-standing dispute between the EC and US over alleged WTO inconsistent tax exemptions that the US grants to certain corporations outside its territory.’
    duration, existence, continuance, endurance, length of time, life, validity
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  • 1(of a jump or a start in a running race) performed from rest or an upright position, without a run-up or the use of starting blocks.

    • ‘From a standing start six months ago, the party has devised and driven a strategy that will see it through the local elections.’
    • ‘He has quick heels certainly but most impressive is his speed and direction from a standing start - something that Robinson has yet to master.’
    • ‘He shrugged off the first tackle and from a standing start sped through the Brods' defence to score under the posts.’
    • ‘Indeed, the brand new Mazda 6 is so fast from a standing start that it could put the Nissan's ranking at risk before the end of the year.’
    • ‘Norwood frowned momentarily before he spun about again, going from a standing start to full pelt almost straight away.’
    • ‘It would beat most cars away from a standing start, and was only bettered by those with a lot of power at their disposal.’
    • ‘Bunker qualified ninth and 11th for the two races, but jumped five positions with fast reflexes in the standing start of each race.’
    • ‘Its back legs are made for pouncing: from a standing start, it can rise twelve feet straight up.’
    • ‘I'm getting very good at leaping long distances from a standing start.’
    • ‘The performance of the vehicle was very impressive, showing good turn of foot from a standing start and excellent cruising at high speed.’
    • ‘After millennia of dreaming of flight, the human race went from a standing start at Kitty Hawk to the moon in 66 years.’
    • ‘Caspian broke, from a standing start, into the fastest sprint of his life.’
    • ‘The brake is applied automatically once the engine is switched off, and released automatically when the car moves off from a standing start.’
    • ‘Robinson picked up the ball almost from a standing start and in the blink of an eye, he rounded six players before scoring between the posts without anyone touching him.’
    • ‘Its top speed is 114 mph and it will get to 60 mph from a standing start in 10.6 seconds.’
    • ‘He buck-jumped from a standing start, humping up his back and coming down again on all four feet at once.’
    • ‘How fast can they cover a kilometre on the track from a standing start?’
    • ‘He broke the lap record four times, the first coming in lap one from a standing start, the second in lap two.’
    • ‘They take off from a standing start and quickly leg into maximum velocity.’
    • ‘This lets the vehicle idle and then get going easily from a standing start.’
  • 2Remaining in force or use; permanent.

    ‘he has a standing invitation to visit them’
    ‘a standing army’
    • ‘The force will not be a standing army but will have a permanent headquarters in Brussels and will be formed at short notice.’
    • ‘The monarchy lacked coercive power: there was no standing army or organized police force.’
    • ‘The army's standing field forces consist of three mechanized brigade groups.’
    • ‘To avoid an eventual catastrophic world conflict, the U.N. must be strengthened with a standing army.’
    • ‘An ancient Roman law made it treason for any general to cross the Rubicon and enter Italy proper with a standing army.’
    • ‘Except for the legions of Rome, all the early troops in Europe were mercenaries because there were no standing armies.’
    • ‘The island currently has no standing army, but a unit of the Police Force is assigned to the Regional Security System Unit.’
    • ‘NATO is a standing army supervised by its 19 member states, but heavily influenced by the US.’
    • ‘As usual, we had cut our military to the bone and had a standing army of less than 200,000.’
    • ‘Mrs Carr had a standing invitation for some time to visit us.’
    • ‘The problem with the UN is that it does not have a standing army and has to beg for troops every time there is an emergency.’
    • ‘There are still few standing joint forces ready for joint deployment and employment.’
    • ‘So if you're watching, Michael, you have a standing invitation to appear on this program.’
    • ‘Unlike Nato, it never had standing forces that could be committed in the event of conflict.’
    • ‘Indonesia saw the peacekeeping force as a standing army ready to go to any embattled country to help to restore civil order.’
    • ‘Sara, if you ever want to guest blog over here, you have a standing invitation to do so.’
    • ‘And we also, of course, have a standing invitation with the congressman himself.’
    • ‘During the Cold War, large standing forces were available to counter the Soviet threat.’
    • ‘Yes, the Continental Army was made up of a standing force, but without citizen soldiers the war would not have been won.’
    • ‘FIFA has a standing invitation to the North to host one or some of the World Cup games.’
    permanent, perpetual, everlasting, continuing, abiding, constant, fixed, indefinite, open-ended
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  • 3(of water) stagnant or still.

    • ‘Many people still have standing water and mold growing on the walls.’
    • ‘At present it is little more than a swampland, with pools of standing water, rubble, mounds of earth and stone and other building waste.’
    • ‘Well, there still may be some pockets of standing water in New Orleans.’
    • ‘North Yorkshire Police reminded motorists to take extra care as persistent and heavy showers across the county left standing water on many roads.’
    • ‘The standing water on Jesus Green has frozen solid.’
    • ‘Heavy overnight rain had threatened the fixture but some of Kendal's players swept off the standing water and made the pitch playable.’
    • ‘I was just going to say, by the same token, that it's not safe to wash hands, face, body with standing water.’
    • ‘It's been an incredibly foul day, with torrential rain, lots of standing water and slow-moving traffic on the A4.’
    • ‘The streets are not paved and the drains don't work, so the standing water attracts dirt, rats, and disease.’
    • ‘Black-headed gulls float in standing water in fields along the road, as they have for the past few days.’
    • ‘Lagoons, for instance, and other standing water sites within two kilometres of densely populated areas will be targeted.’
    • ‘With deep, standing water on many major and minor roads, driving conditions were hazardous and there were disruptions to rail services in many areas.’
    • ‘Harrison got tired of waiting for his property south of Chancey Road to drain off more than a foot of standing water.’
    • ‘Back roads around Tollerton were almost impassable because of standing water and the only clear way in and out of the village was on the road to and from the A19.’
    • ‘Heavy rain left standing water in the baseball infield at Pro Player Stadium.’
    • ‘‘The car aquaplaned on standing water and hit the central reservation,’ she said.’
    • ‘If the area has drainage problems, like standing water in winter, mulch isn't going to help alleviate them.’
    • ‘Mold growth should be suspected wherever there are water stains, standing water or moist surfaces.’
    • ‘Police say heavy rain and standing water on the road surface may have been a contributory factor in the collision.’
    • ‘The game at Pickering's Recreation Ground was stopped by the referee after about half an hour because of standing water on the pitch.’
    stagnant, still, motionless, immobile, inert, lifeless, dead, slack, static, stationary
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  • 4(of grain) not yet reaped and so still erect.

    • ‘The greatest risk for having a tan spot or Septoria leaf blotch problem is when wheat is drilled into or next to standing wheat stubble.’
    • ‘The pilot considered abandoning the plane but, as the vibration stopped, he decided to make a forced landing, and did so in a field of standing corn.’
    • ‘We are not aware of any data on the quality of high-sugar corn or cattle response to windrowed or standing corn forage.’
  • 5Printing
    (of metal type) kept set up after use.

    • ‘This homogeneity extended to the variants in the standing type..but not to their pages of reset type.’
    • ‘During almost the entire period, the lack of type continued to be a problem in typesetting, so that working with standing type was almost impossible and every new issue had to be composed anew.’