standby etymology

English word standby comes from English stand, English by

Detailed word origin of standby

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stand English (eng) (US, dated) The situation of a shop, store, hotel, etc.. (cricket) A partnership.. (dated) A state of perplexity or embarrassment.. (forestry) A contiguous group of trees sufficiently uniform in age-class distribution, composition, and structure, and growing on a site of sufficiently uniform quality, to be a distinguishable unit.. (military, plural often stand) A single set, as of arms.. [...]
by English (eng) Out of the way, subsidiary. (card games) A pass Indicates an authority, rule, or permission followed.. At some time before (the given time), or before the end of a given time interval.. In the formulae X by X and by Xs, indicates a steady progression, one X after another.. Indicates a means: Involving/using the means of.. Indicates a referenced source: According to.. Indicates a source of [...]
stand by English (eng) (idiomatic, intransitive) To wait in expectation of some event; to make ready.. (idiomatic, transitive) To remain loyal or faithful to.. (idiomatic, transitive) To support; to continue to support despite things being bad.. (intransitive) To do nothing. To be inactive in a situation.. (intransitive) to be ready to provide assistance if required.
standby English (eng) (electronics) sleep mode. (travel) Waiting at the airport in the hope of getting a seat on a flight that is already booked out.. A state of readiness without immediate involvement; remaining in preparation for (a sudden or unforeseen event or situation).. Something that is standard, well-tested, or frequently used. (proscribed, _, neologism, operations) To wait briefly, as for additional [...]