• WordNet 3.6
    • adj standby ready for emergency use "a standby generator","a standby crew"
    • n standby something that can be relied on when needed
    • n standby an actor able to replace a regular performer when required
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  • J. G. Ballard
    “Perhaps violence, like pornography, is some kind of an evolutionary standby system, a last-resort device for throwing a wild joker into the game?”


In literature:

Fitzgerald was a great standby on such occasions.
"Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918" by Charles Edward Callwell
Our main standby in Sanford was Sargeant's.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
We're putting the O-force on standby.
"Operation Haystack" by Frank Patrick Herbert
An soot was our main standby for cuts.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
So the apple came early to be a standby on the new continent.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey
Betsy's standby light quivered hysterically from bright to dim and back again.
"The Machine That Saved The World" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
I certainly thought they at least were to be depended upon, were standbys.
"The Dominant Dollar" by Will Lillibridge
We 'inmates' saw very little of butter at table, treacle being our great standby.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
We're simply in standby.
"Where I Wasn't Going" by Walt Richmond
Truly we would have been comfortless in that sad time but for one old standby, who had never yet failed us.
"Belford's Magazine, Volume II, No. 8, January, 1889" by Various

In news:

Personnel from the Danville Life Saving Crew responded and are on standby.
Old Florida standby features wild fruit.
But, surprisingly, until last year, it had been years since Salem schools offered that old standby, the Science Fair.
Elliott Awarded STC for Mid-Continent Standby Attitude Module .
This pair had been to most of my special- occasion standbys, and since the plan was for dinner after work one evening, I knew they wouldn't want to go anywhere too formal.
At least 11 fire departments were called to the scene and four were placed on standby, Madison County 911 dispatchers said.
OPB Extra is an application that helps you discover new places, suggest your favorite standbys and share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
Park and rec crews were on standby waiting for protestors to leave so they could clean up, but but also got a lot of help.
A Tribeca standby is headed for the Upper West Side.
Has committed to reopen its idled plant in Spring Hill, Tenn. And keep its shuttered assembly plant in Janesville on standby status.
The African Union has finished a week of training in Ethiopia for members of its new African Standby Force.
Helicopter standby assignment in Carneys Point tops latest Salem County Firelog.
Standby soldiers wonder what's next.
Book of Mormon's' Jared Gertner Goes From Standby to Leading Man.
When Jared Gertner was called in to read for the Elder Cunningham cover for the Broadway production of "The Book of Mormon," he didn't know if he wanted to be a standby .

In science:

As shown in the Perl code running on node C (Figure 14), the first received packet is stored in a standby variable ($Stdby), then the next packet is stored as $Msg.
Rapid Prototyping over IEEE 802.11
In this case, the packet stored in standby is sent as a normal unicast packet, and the latest packet goes to the standby queue.
Rapid Prototyping over IEEE 802.11
All these blocks are power-pulsed, thus reaching a power consumption equal to zero in standby mode.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee, April 2011
Optimal standby problems and a universal generating function.
A Multi-State Power Model for Adequacy Assessment of Distributed Generation via Universal Generating Function
At one end of the spectrum are active-standby configurations where the applications run on some of the nodes (the active nodes) with the remaining nodes acting as redundant backups for those services.
Cluster Computing White Paper