• WordNet 3.6
    • v stand put up with something or somebody unpleasant "I cannot bear his constant criticism","The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks","he learned to tolerate the heat","She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"
    • v stand have or maintain a position or stand on an issue "Where do you stand on the War?"
    • v stand withstand the force of something "The trees resisted her","stand the test of time","The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow"
    • v stand be available for stud services "male domestic animals such as stallions serve selected females"
    • v stand be standing; be upright "We had to stand for the entire performance!"
    • v stand put into an upright position "Can you stand the bookshelf up?"
    • v stand be in some specified state or condition "I stand corrected"
    • v stand hold one's ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright "I am standing my ground and won't give in!"
    • v stand be tall; have a height of; copula "She stands 6 feet tall"
    • v stand be in effect; be or remain in force "The law stands!"
    • v stand remain inactive or immobile "standing water"
    • v stand occupy a place or location, also metaphorically "We stand on common ground"
    • n stand a defensive effort "the army made a final stand at the Rhone"
    • n stand a stop made by a touring musical or theatrical group to give a performance "a one-night stand"
    • n stand a platform where a (brass) band can play in the open air
    • n stand a support or foundation "the base of the lamp"
    • n stand a support for displaying various articles "the newspapers were arranged on a rack"
    • n stand a booth where articles are displayed for sale
    • n stand tiered seats consisting of a structure (often made of wood) where people can sit to watch an event (game or parade)
    • n stand a small table for holding articles of various kinds "a bedside stand"
    • n stand a mental position from which things are viewed "we should consider this problem from the viewpoint of the Russians","teaching history gave him a special point of view toward current events"
    • n stand an interruption of normal activity
    • n stand a growth of similar plants (usually trees) in a particular area "they cut down a stand of trees"
    • n stand the position where a thing or person stands
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cows and horses sleep standing up.
    • Stand A halt or stop for the purpose of defense, resistance, or opposition; as, to come to, or to make, a stand . "Vice is at stand , and at the highest flow."
    • Stand A place or post where one stands; a place where one may stand while observing or waiting for something. "I have found you out a stand most fit,
      Where you may have such vantage on the duke,
      He shall not pass you."
    • Stand A raised platform or station where a race or other outdoor spectacle may be viewed; as, the judge's or the grand stand at a race course.
    • Stand A small table; also, something on or in which anything may be laid, hung, or placed upright; as, a hatstand; an umbrella stand; a music stand .
    • Stand A state of perplexity or embarrassment; as, to be at a stand what to do.
    • Stand A station in a city or town where carriages or wagons stand for hire; as, a cab stand .
    • Stand (Com) A weight of from two hundred and fifty to three hundred pounds, -- used in weighing pitch.
    • Stand A young tree, usually reserved when other trees are cut; also, a tree growing or standing upon its own root, in distinction from one produced from a scion set in a stock, either of the same or another kind of tree.
    • Stand Rank; post; station; standing. "Father, since your fortune did attain
      So high a stand , I mean not to descend."
    • Stand The act of standing. "I took my stand upon an eminence . . . to look into their several ladings."
    • Stand The place where a witness stands to testify in court.
    • Stand The situation of a shop, store, hotel, etc.; as, a good, bad, or convenient stand for business.
    • Stand To abide by; to submit to; to suffer. "Bid him disband his legions, . . . And stand the judgment of a Roman senate."
    • Stand 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."
    • Stand (Law) To appear in court.
    • Stand To be at rest in an erect position; to be fixed in an upright or firm position
    • Stand To be at the expense of; to pay for; as, to stand a treat.
    • Stand To be consistent; to agree; to accord. "Doubt me not; by heaven, I will do nothing
      But what may stand with honor."
    • Stand 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."
      "Thou seest how it stands with me, and that I may not tarry."
    • Stand (Law) To be or remain as it is; to continue in force; to have efficacy or validity; to abide.
    • Stand To be supported on the feet, in an erect or nearly erect position; -- opposed to lie sit kneel, etc.
    • Stand (Card Playing) To be, or signify that one is, willing to play with one's hand as dealt.
    • Stand To cease from progress; not to proceed; to stop; to pause; to halt; to remain stationary. "I charge thee, stand ,
      And tell thy name."
      "The star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was."
    • Stand To continue upright in a certain locality, as a tree fixed by the roots, or a building resting on its foundation.
    • Stand To endure; to sustain; to bear; as, I can not stand the cold or the heat.
    • Stand 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.
    • Stand (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 ."
    • Stand 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."
    • Stand 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."
    • Stand To measure when erect on the feet. "Six feet two, as I think, he stands ."
    • Stand 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?"
    • Stand To offer one's self, or to be offered, as a candidate. "He stood to be elected one of the proctors of the university."
    • Stand 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."
    • Stand To resist, without yielding or receding; to withstand. "Love stood the siege.""He stood the furious foe."
    • Stand To set upright; to cause to stand; as, to stand a book on the shelf; to stand a man on his feet.
    • Stand To stagnate; not to flow; to be motionless. "Or the black water of Pomptina stands ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Horses can sleep while standing upright.
    • stand To be upright; be set upright; take or maintain an upright position. To place one's self or hold one's self in an upright position on the feet with the legs straight, as distinguished from sitting, lying, or kneeling: said of men or beasts.
    • stand To be set on end; be or become erect or upright.
    • stand To stop moving; come to or be at a standstill; halt; alight; more generally, to cease action of any kind; be or become motionless, inactive, or idle; be or become stagnant.
    • stand Specifically, in hunting, to point: said of dogs. See pointer, setter.
    • stand To rest as on a support; be upheld or sustained, literally or figuratively; depend: followed by on, upon, or rarely by.
    • stand To be placed; be situated; lie.
    • stand To continue in place; maintain one's position or ground; hold one's own; avoid falling, failing, or retreating.
    • stand To continue in being; resist change, decay, or destruction; endure; last.
    • stand To continue in force; remain valid; hold good.
    • stand To take a particular attitude with respect to others or to some general question; adopt a certain course, as of adherence, support, opposition, or resistance; take sides; specifically, to make a stand.
    • stand To become a candidate for office or dignity: usually with for.
    • stand To continue in a specified state, frame of mind, train of thought, course of action or argument, etc.; keep on; persevere; persist.
    • stand To be pertinacious or obstinate; be insistent or punctilious; hence, to be overexacting: generally followed by on or upon, rarely by in or with. Compare to stand upon .
    • stand To hold back; scruple; hesitate; demur.
    • stand To be placed relatively to other things; have a particular place as regards class, order, rank, or relations.
    • stand To be at a certain degree, as in a scale of measurement or valuation: as, the mercury (or the thermometer) stands at 80°.
    • stand To have a specified height when standing.
    • stand To be in a particular position of affairs; be in a particular state or condition: often in the sense of be, as a mere copula or auxiliary verb: as, to stand prepared; to stand in awe of a person; to stand one's friend.
    • stand To occupy the place of another; be a representative, equivalent, or symbol: followed by for.
    • stand To consist; be comprised or inherent: with in.
    • stand To be consistent; be in accordance; agree: followed by with, except in the phrases to stand to reason and to stand together.
    • stand With an implication of motion (from or to a certain point) contained in an accompanying adverb or preposition, to step, move, advance, retire, come or go, in a manner specified: noting actual motion, or rest after motion: as, to stand back; to stand aside; to stand off; to stand out.
    • stand Specifically (nautical), to hold a course at sea; sail; steer: said of a ship or its crew: followed by an adverb or preposition of direction.
    • stand To put up with something; forbear.
    • stand To adhere to; abide by; maintain: as, to stand by an agreement or a promise.
    • stand Nautical, to take hold or be ready to take hold of, or to act in regard to: as, to stand by a halyard; to stand by the anchor.
    • stand [By, adv.] To make ready; stand in a position of readiness to seize upon something; be ready to perform some act when a subsequent command or signal is given: used principally in the imperative, as a word of command. Originally a nautical term, it has come to be used quite commonly in its original sense.
    • stand To be associated; make terms: as, to stand in with the politicians; the police stand in with them for the profits.
    • stand To stand out; show.
    • stand Nautical, to continue on the same course or tack.
    • stand To project, or seem to project; be prominent or in relief; show conspicuously. See def. 21.
    • stand [To, prep.] To stand by; sustain; help.
    • stand To adhere to; abide by; uphold.
    • stand To await and submit to; take the chance or risk of; abide.
    • stand To take to; have recourse to; keep to; apply one's self to resolutely.
    • stand To persist, as in an opinion; maintain.
    • stand To be dependent or contingent upon; hinge upon.
    • stand To concern; affect; involve.
    • stand To dwell on; linger over, as a subject of thought.
    • stand To insist upon; make much of; hence, to pride one's self upon; presume upon.
    • stand To be incumbent upon: in the form to stand one upon.
    • stand To act as groomsman or bridesmaid to: as, I stood up with him at his wedding.
    • stand To cause to stand; specifically, to set upright.
    • stand To abide by; keep to; be true to.
    • stand To undergo; endure; bear; more loosely, to endure without succumbing or complaining; tolerate; put up with; be resigned to; be equal to.
    • stand To await and submit to; abide: as, to stand trial.
    • stand To withstand; resist; oppose; confront.
    • stand To be important or advantageous to; be incumbent upon; behoove.
    • stand To be at the expense of; pay for: as, to stand treat.
    • stand To persist; insist; maintain; contend.
    • n stand The act of standing. A coming to a stop; a cessation from progress, motion, or activity; a halt; a rest; stoppage.
    • n stand The act of taking a decided attitude, as in aid or resistance; a determined effort for or against something; specifically, military, a halt for the purpose of checking the advance of an enemy.
    • n stand A state of rest or inaction; a standstill; hence, a state of hesitation, embarrassment, or perplexity.
    • n stand The place where a person or an object stands; a position, site, or station; a post or place.
    • n stand Specifically— The place where a witness stands to testify in court.
    • n stand A rostrum; a pulpit.
    • n stand A stall in a stable.
    • n stand Comparative position; standing, as in a scale of measurement; rank.
    • n stand A table, set of shelves, or the like, upon which articles may be placed for safety or exhibition; also, a platform on which persons may place themselves. Specifically— A small light table, such as is moved easily from place to place.
    • n stand A stall for the sale of goods; any erection or station where business is carried on: as, a fruit-stand; a news-stand; a carriage-stand.
    • n stand A rack, as for umbrellas and canes.
    • n stand In museums, the support for a mounted specimen of natural history; especially, a perch for mounted birds, consisting of an upright and cross-bar of turned wood, usually painted or varnished. Stands are also made in many ways, in imitation of natural objects upon which birds perch or rest. Stands for mammals are usually flat boards of suitable size, rectangular or oval, and with turned border.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Lefors, Texas it is illegal to take more than three swallows of beer at any time while standing.
    • v.i Stand stand to cease to move: to be stationary: to occupy a certain position: to stagnate: to be at rest: to be fixed in an upright position, to be erect, to be on the feet—as opposed to sit, lie, kneel, &c.: to become or remain erect: to have a position or rank: to be in a particular state, to be with relation to something else: to maintain an attitude: to be fixed or firm: to keep one's ground: to remain unimpaired: to endure, to be consistent: to consist: to depend or be supported: to offer one's self as a candidate: to have a certain direction: to hold a course at sea
    • v.t Stand to endure: to sustain: to suffer: to abide by: to be at the expense of, to offer and pay for:—pa.t. and pa.p. stood
    • n Stand continuance: existence: place to stand in: position in society: a right or capacity to sue or maintain an action
    • n Stand stand a place where one stands or remains for any purpose: a place beyond which one does not go, the highest or ultimate point: an erection for spectators at races, &c.: the place of a witness in court: something on which anything rests, a frame for glasses, &c.: a stop, obstruction, rest, quiescence: a state of cessation from action, motion, or business: a state of perplexity or hesitation: a difficulty, resistance
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  • Lao-Tzu
    “He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk.”
  • Charles M. Schulz
    “I love mankind; it's people I can't stand.”
  • Barbara Ehrenreich
    “Someone has to stand up for wimps.”
  • Edgar Watson Howe
    “What people say behind your back is your standing in the community.”
  • Henrik Ibsen
    “The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone.”
  • Robert Frost
    “Time and tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of 30.”


Don't stand there with curlers in your hair - This means 'don't keep me waiting'. It's said to someone who is taking too long to get moving.
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen - Originally a Harry S. Truman quote, this means that if you can't take the pressure, then you should remove yourself from the situation.
Make your hair stand on end - If something makes your hair stand on end, it terrifies you.
Stand head and shoulders above - It means to stand apart from the rest (in a good way), or to be the best. For example, "With his amazing grasp on the subject, John stood head and shoulders above the rest".
Stand in good stead - If something will stand you in good stead, it will probably be advantageous in the future.
Stand tall - If you stand tall, you are brave, proud or confident.
Stand the test of time - If something like a work of art stands the test of time, it is appreciated forever.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. standen,; AS. standan,; akin to OFries. stonda, stān, D. staan, OS. standan, stān, OHG. stantan, stān, G. stehen, Icel. standa, Dan. staae, Sw. stå, Goth. standan, Russ. stoiate, L. stare, Gr. 'ista`nai to cause to stand, sth^nai to stand, Skr. sthā,. √163. Cf. Assist Constant Contrast Desist Destine Ecstasy Exist Interstice Obstacle Obstinate Prest (n.) Rest remainder, Solstice Stable (a. & n.) Staff Stage Stall (n.) Stamen Stanchion Stanza State (n.) Statute Stead Steed Stool Stud of horses, Substance System


In literature:

Four captains stand in the center, each with a bean bag, facing his corner of players, who stand in a row.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
You fat sport, stand up till I see what you're sittin' on.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
Alan sat down and, taking up the oar, sculled the launch toward the spot where the girl was standing.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
Deprived of everything that stands in the way of your genius.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Send Jack up outside with a rope and a bunch o' furze, and let her stand at bottom.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
A man was standing beside her.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
All halt and stand fast without changing the position of the pieces.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
It ends before a granite wall in which a great portal stands open.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
When the "Star-Spangled Banner" is played or sung, stand and remain standing in silence until it is finished.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Cover the meat thus in bulk, but not too close, and leave standing a fortnight.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams

In poetry:

He said, What
Does K stand for?
I said, K--
And nothing more.
"Madam and the Census Man" by Langston Hughes
All his leaves
Fall'n at length,
Look, he stands,
Trunk and bough
Naked strength.
"The Oak" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Never on earth again
Shall I before her stand,
Touch lip or hand,--
Never on earth again.
"Una" by John Hay
Deep in the world-heart
Stand its foundations,
Tangled with all things,
Twin-made with all.
"England My Mother" by William Watson
What art thou--friend or foe?
Stand! stand!
I've a heart that hates all wrong,
Aids the weak against the strong,
Loves the Truth, and seeks it long--
Take my hand!
"A Challenge" by Walter Richard Cassels
But from his name I've paused too long you think?
Yet he who stands beside Niagra's brink
Breaketh not forth at once of its grand strife;
'Tis thus I stand subdued by his great life--
"The Washington Memorial Ode" by James Barron Hope

In news:

If there's one country gal who's not going to stand quietly while someone makes fun of her or her people, it's Miranda Lambert.
Kerry Spann Caride, left, stands with Kalin, 9, one of her four daughters.
Because crap automatically gets a standing ovation, but the good stuff doesn't get one until the Times rave comes out.
Magician David Blaine stands inside an apparatus surrounded by a million volts of electric currents streamed by tesla coils during his 72-hour 'Electrified: 1 Million Volts Always On' stunt on Pier 54, Friday, Oct 5, 2012, in New York.
That's about all that stands between me and a vegetarian diet.
On a Friday morning in November, Gilbert McClure stands on the staircase leading to the dining room of Starker's Restaurant.
The company's aqueous cleaning systems include stand-alone cellular, batch and continuous washers.
Stormy Atlantic, sire of 13 stakes winners in 2012, will stand the 2013 breeding season for $30,000 (stands and nurses).
Tale of Ekati will stand in 2012 for $15,000 stands and nurses at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.
DA fails to stand up stand up for child victim.
The MTA announced on June 7 that an agreement has been reached between the MTA and Stand for Children on a legislative alternative to Stand's ballot initiative.
So the stand-ups stand up.
There are times when we stand alone as individual communities' and there are times when we stand together as a region or part of something more.
Nationally known stand-up comedian ANT , who has appeared on "Last Comic Standing" and "Celebrity Fit Club," has canceled his Friday performance at East Syracuse Minoa High School.
At 6-foot-8, he towers over the vast majority of people that he stands next to simply by, well, standing next to them.

In science:

Here V denotes the set of vertices of G , L the set of edges, and i(l) and f (l) stand for the initial and final vertices of the edge l, respectively.
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
If A stands for an algebra, we use U (A) to stand for the underlying set of the algebra.
Abelian extensions of algebras in congruence-modular varieties
Let i ∈ P . ι (hi (x) + πa∗) (where ∗ stands for an element in O).
Ramification of local fields with imperfect residue fields
Solid, dotted and dashed curves stand for ∆(ǫ) and the thick curve stands for Λ(ǫ) (dispersion), see text.
Random Scattering by Atomic Density Fluctuations in Optical Lattices
N = 2 supersymmetry (subscripts stand for the Virasoro central charge).
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory