Standing committee
Committee Com*mit"tee, n. [Cf. OF. comit['e] company, and LL. comitatus jurisdiction or territory of a count, county, assize, army. The word was apparently influenced by the verb commit, but not directly formed from it. Cf. {County}.] One or more persons elected or appointed, to whom any matter or business is referred, either by a legislative body, or by a court, or by any collective body of men acting together. [1913 Webster]

{Committee of the whole [house]}, a committee, embracing all the members present, into which a legislative or deliberative body sometimes resolves itself, for the purpose of considering a particular measure under the operation of different rules from those governing the general legislative proceedings. The committee of the whole has its own chairman, and reports its action in the form of recommendations.

{Standing committee}. See under {Standing}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Standing committee — 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] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • standing committee — n: a permanent committee; esp: one in a house or senate with jurisdiction over legislation in a particular area (as the judiciary or the armed services) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. standing committee …   Law dictionary

  • Standing Committee —    The general Canons of the American Church provide that in every Diocese there shall be a Standing Committee (usually composed of not less than three Clergymen and two laymen who shall be communicants) to be appointed by the Convention thereof …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • standing committee —    Committees of the British Parliament used for a variety of legislative business, including the detailed consideration of Bills and the handling of secondary legislation; a number are appointed for each parliamentary session.    Standing… …   Glossary of UK Government and Politics

  • Standing Committee — Standing Com|mit|tee n a committee of members in the British Parliament or in the US House of Representatives, whose purpose is to examine a ↑bill (=new law that has been suggested) and to consider whether it needs any changes →↑Select Committee …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • standing committee — /ˈstændɪŋ kəmɪti/ (say standing kuhmitee) noun 1. a committee that may be appointed without a term, to oversee an aspect of the running of an institution. 2. Parliamentary Procedure a parliamentary committee, the members of which are appointed at …   Australian English dictionary

  • standing committee — noun a permanent committee • Hypernyms: ↑committee, ↑commission • Hyponyms: ↑Ways and Means Committee …   Useful english dictionary

  • standing committee — noun Date: circa 1636 a permanent committee especially of a legislative body …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • standing committee — 1. a permanent committee, as of a legislature, society, etc., intended to consider all matters pertaining to a designated subject. 2. (caps.) the highest policymaking body of the Chinese Communist party, composed of top party leaders from the… …   Universalium

  • standing committee — noun a permanent committee meeting regularly …   English new terms dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”