I. noun (plural standbys) Date: 1796 1. a. one to be relied on especially in emergencies b. a favorite or reliable choice or resource 2. one that is held in reserve ready for use ; substitute II. adjective Date: 1872 1. held near at hand and ready for use <
a standby power plant
standby equipment
2. relating to the act or condition of standing by <
standby duty
a standby period
3. of, relating to, or traveling by an airline service in which the passenger must wait for an available unreserved seat <
standby passengers
a standby ticket
III. adverb Date: 1971 on a standby basis <
fly standby

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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