Standing army
Standing Stand"ing, a. 1. Remaining erect; not cut down; as, standing corn. [1913 Webster]

2. Not flowing; stagnant; as, standing water. [1913 Webster]

3. Not transitory; not liable to fade or vanish; lasting; as, a standing color. [1913 Webster]

4. Established by law, custom, or the like; settled; continually existing; permanent; not temporary; as, a standing army; legislative bodies have standing rules of proceeding and standing committees. [1913 Webster]

5. Not movable; fixed; as, a standing bed (distinguished from a trundle-bed). [1913 Webster]

{Standing army}. See {Standing army}, under {Army}.

{Standing bolt}. See {Stud bolt}, under {Stud}, a stem.

{Standing committee}, in legislative bodies, etc., a committee appointed for the consideration of all subjects of a particular class which shall arise during the session or a stated period.

{Standing cup}, a tall goblet, with a foot and a cover.

{Standing finish} (Arch.), that part of the interior fittings, esp. of a dwelling house, which is permanent and fixed in its place, as distinguished from doors, sashes, etc.

{Standing order} (a) (Eccl.), the denomination (Congregational) established by law; -- a term formerly used in Connecticut. See also under {Order}. (a) (Com.) an order for goods which are to be delivered periodically, without the need for renewal of the order before each delivery.

{Standing part}. (Naut.) (a) That part of a tackle which is made fast to a block, point, or other object. (b) That part of a rope around which turns are taken with the running part in making a knot or the like.

{Standing rigging} (Naut.), the cordage or ropes which sustain the masts and remain fixed in their position, as the shrouds and stays, -- distinguished from {running rigging}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Standing army — Army Ar my, n. [F. arm[ e]e, fr. L. armata, fem. of armatus, p. p. of armare to arm. Cf. {Armada}.] 1. A collection or body of men armed for war, esp. one organized in companies, battalions, regiments, brigades, and divisions, under proper… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • standing army — noun count a professional army that a country has all the time, not just in a war …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • standing army — n. an army maintained on a permanent basis, in peacetime as well as in time of war …   English World dictionary

  • Standing army — A standing army is an army composed of full time career soldiers who stand over , in other words, who do not disband during times of peace. They differ from army reserves who are activated only during such times as war or natural disasters.… …   Wikipedia

  • standing army — noun a permanent army of paid soldiers • Topics: ↑military, ↑armed forces, ↑armed services, ↑military machine, ↑war machine • Hypernyms: ↑army, ↑regular army, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • standing army — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms standing army : singular standing army plural standing armies a professional army that a country has all the time, not just in a war …   English dictionary

  • standing army — regular army, permanent army …   English contemporary dictionary

  • standing army — /stændɪŋ ˈami/ (say standing ahmee) noun a permanently organised military force kept up by a nation …   Australian English dictionary

  • standing army — noun Date: 1603 a permanent army of paid soldiers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • standing army — noun (C) a professional, permanent army, rather than one that has been formed for a war …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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