Stand v. i. [imp. & p. p. Stood p. pr. & vb. n. Standing.]
1. To be at rest in an erect position; to be fixed in an upright or firm position; as: (a) To be supported on the feet, in an erect or nearly erect position; -- opposed to lie, sit, kneel, etc. “I pray you all, stand up!” --Shak. (b) To continue upright in a certain locality, as a tree fixed by the roots, or a building resting on its foundation.
It stands as it were to the ground yglued. --Chaucer.
The ruined wall
Stands when its wind-worn battlements are gone. --Byron.
2. To occupy or hold a place; to have a situation; to be situated or located; as, Paris stands on the Seine.
Wite ye not where there stands a little town? --Chaucer.
3. To cease from progress; not to proceed; to stop; to pause; to halt; to remain stationary.
I charge thee, stand,
And tell thy name. --Dryden.
The star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. --Matt. ii. 9.
4. To remain without ruin or injury; to hold good against tendencies to impair or injure; to be permanent; to endure; to last; hence, to find endurance, strength, or resources.
My mind on its own center stands unmoved. --Dryden.
5. To maintain one's ground; to be acquitted; not to fail or yield; to be safe.
Readers by whose judgment I would stand or fall. --Spectator.
6. To maintain an invincible or permanent attitude; to be fixed, steady, or firm; to take a position in resistance or opposition. “The standing pattern of their imitation.”
The king granted the Jews . . . to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life. --Esther viii. 11.
7. To adhere to fixed principles; to maintain moral rectitude; to keep from falling into error or vice.
We must labor so as to stand with godliness, according to his appointment. --Latimer.
8. To have or maintain a position, order, or rank; to be in a particular relation; as, Christian charity, or love, stands first in the rank of gifts.
9. To be in some particular state; to have essence or being; to be; to consist. “Sacrifices . . . which stood only in meats and drinks.”
Accomplish what your signs foreshow;
I stand resigned, and am prepared to go. --Dryden.
Thou seest how it stands with me, and that I may not tarry. --Sir W. Scott.
10. To be consistent; to agree; to accord.
Doubt me not; by heaven, I will do nothing
But what may stand with honor. --Massinger.
11. Naut. To hold a course at sea; as, to stand from the shore; to stand for the harbor.
From the same parts of heaven his navy stands. --Dryden.
12. To offer one's self, or to be offered, as a candidate.
He stood to be elected one of the proctors of the university. --Walton.
13. To stagnate; not to flow; to be motionless.
Or the black water of Pomptina stands. --Dryden.
14. To measure when erect on the feet.
Six feet two, as I think, he stands. --Tennyson.
15. Law (a) To be or remain as it is; to continue in force; to have efficacy or validity; to abide. --Bouvier. (b) To appear in court. --Burrill.
16. Card Playing To be, or signify that one is, willing to play with one's hand as dealt.
Stand by Naut., a preparatory order, equivalent to Be ready.
To stand against, to oppose; to resist.
To stand by. (a) To be near; to be a spectator; to be present. (b) To be aside; to be set aside with disregard. “In the interim [we] let the commands stand by neglected.” --Dr. H. More. (c) To maintain; to defend; to support; not to desert; as, to stand by one's principles or party. (d) To rest on for support; to be supported by. --Whitgift. (e) To remain as a spectator, and take no part in an action; as, we can't just stand idly by while people are being killed.
To stand corrected, to be set right, as after an error in a statement of fact; to admit having been in error. --Wycherley.
To stand fast, to be fixed; to be unshaken or immovable.
To stand firmly on, to be satisfied or convinced of. “Though Page be a secure fool, and stands so firmly on his wife's frailty.” --Shak.
To stand for. (a) To side with; to espouse the cause of; to support; to maintain, or to profess or attempt to maintain; to defend. “I stand wholly for you.” --Shak. (b) To be in the place of; to be the substitute or representative of; to represent; as, a cipher at the left hand of a figure stands for nothing. “I will not trouble myself, whether these names stand for the same thing, or really include one another.” --Locke. (c) To tolerate; as, I won't stand for any delay.
To stand in, to cost. “The same standeth them in much less cost.” --Robynson (More's Utopia).
The Punic wars could not have stood the human race in less than three millions of the species. --Burke.
To stand in hand, to conduce to one's interest; to be serviceable or advantageous.
To stand off. (a) To keep at a distance. (b) Not to comply. (c) To keep at a distance in friendship, social intercourse, or acquaintance. (d) To appear prominent; to have relief. “Picture is best when it standeth off, as if it were carved.” --Sir H. Wotton.
To stand off and on Naut., to remain near a coast by sailing toward land and then from it.
To stand on Naut., to continue on the same tack or course.
To stand out. (a) To project; to be prominent. “Their eyes stand out with fatness.” --Psalm lxxiii. 7. (b) To persist in opposition or resistance; not to yield or comply; not to give way or recede.
His spirit is come in,
That so stood out against the holy church. --Shak.
To stand to. (a) To ply; to urge; to persevere in using. “Stand to your tackles, mates, and stretch your oars.” --Dryden. (b) To remain fixed in a purpose or opinion. “I will stand to it, that this is his sense.” --Bp. Stillingfleet. (c) To abide by; to adhere to; as to a contract, assertion, promise, etc.; as, to stand to an award; to stand to one's word. (d) Not to yield; not to fly; to maintain, as one's ground. “Their lives and fortunes were put in safety, whether they stood to it or ran away.” --Bacon. (e) To be consistent with; to agree with; as, it stands to reason that he could not have done so; same as stand with, below . (f) To support; to uphold. “Stand to me in this cause.” --Shak.
To stand together, to be consistent; to agree.
To stand to reason to be reasonable; to be expected.
To stand to sea Naut., to direct the course from land.
To stand under, to undergo; to withstand. --Shak.
To stand up. (a) To rise from sitting; to be on the feet. (b) To arise in order to speak or act. “Against whom, when the accusers stood up, they brought none accusation of such things as I supposed.” --Acts xxv. 18. (c) To rise and stand on end, as the hair. (d) To put one's self in opposition; to contend. “Once we stood up about the corn.” --Shak.
To stand up for, to defend; to justify; to support, or attempt to support; as, to stand up for the administration.
To stand upon. (a) To concern; to interest. (b) To value; to esteem. “We highly esteem and stand much upon our birth.” --Ray. (c) To insist on; to attach much importance to; as, to stand upon security; to stand upon ceremony. (d) To attack; to assault. [A Hebraism] “So I stood upon him, and slew him.” --2 Sam. i. 10.
To stand with, to be consistent with. “It stands with reason that they should be rewarded liberally.” --Sir J. Davies.
1. Remaining erect; not cut down; as, standing corn.
2. Not flowing; stagnant; as, standing water.
3. Not transitory; not liable to fade or vanish; lasting; as, a standing color.
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.
5. Not movable; fixed; as, a standing bed (distinguished from a trundle-bed).
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.
1. The act of stopping, or coming to a stand; the state of being erect upon the feet; stand.
2. Maintenance of position; duration; duration or existence in the same place or condition; continuance; as, a custom of long standing; an officer of long standing.
An ancient thing of long standing. --Bunyan.
3. Place to stand in; station; stand.
I will provide you a good standing to see his entry. --Bacon.
I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing. --Ps. lxix. 2.
4. Condition in society; relative position; reputation; rank; as, a man of good standing, or of high standing.
Standing off Naut., sailing from the land.
Standing on Naut., sailing toward land.
adj 1: having a supporting base; "a standing lamp" [syn: standing(a)]
2: (of fluids) not moving or flowing; "mosquitoes breed in
standing water" [syn: standing(a)] [ant: running(a)]
3: not created for a particular occasion; "a standing
committee" [syn: standing(a)]
4: maintaining an erect position; "standing timber"; "many
buildings were still standing" [syn: upright] [ant: falling]
5: executed in or initiated from a standing position; "a
standing ovation"; "race from a standing start"; "a
standing jump"; "a standing ovation" [syn: standing(a)]
6: (of persons) on the feet; having the torso in an erect
position supported by straight legs; "standing room only";
"a standing ovation" [ant: seated]
7: permanent; "a standing army"
8: not cut down; "standing timber"; "uncut trees" [syn: uncut]
n 1: social or financial or professional status or reputation;
"of equal standing"; "a member in good standing"
2: the act of assuming or maintaining an erect upright position