• WordNet 3.6
    • adj standing having a supporting base "a standing lamp"
    • adj standing (of persons) on the feet; having the torso in an erect position supported by straight legs "standing room only"
    • adj standing executed in or initiated from a standing position "race from a standing start","a standing jump","a standing ovation"
    • adj standing (of fluids) not moving or flowing "mosquitoes breed in standing water"
    • adj standing not created for a particular occasion "a standing committee"
    • adj standing permanent "a standing army"
    • n standing the act of assuming or maintaining an erect upright position
    • n standing an ordered listing of scores or results showing the relative positions of competitors (individuals or teams) in a sporting event
    • n standing social or financial or professional status or reputation "of equal standing","a member in good standing"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: DC-10, the name of an airplane stands for "Douglas Commercial."
    • Standing Condition in society; relative position; reputation; rank; as, a man of good standing, or of high standing .
    • Standing 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.
    • Standing 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 ."
    • Standing Not flowing; stagnant; as, standing water.
    • Standing Not movable; fixed; as, a standing bed (distinguished from a trundle-bed.
    • Standing Not transitory; not liable to fade or vanish; lasting; as, a standing color.
    • Standing Place to stand in; station; stand. "I will provide you a good standing to see his entry.""I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing ."
    • Standing Remaining erect; not cut down; as, standing corn.
    • Standing The act of stopping, or coming to a stand; the state of being erect upon the feet; stand.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Horses can sleep while standing upright.
    • n standing The act of one who stands, in any sense.
    • n standing The time at, in, or during which one stands. The point in time at which anything comes to a stand; specifically, of the sun, the solstice.
    • n standing The interval during which one keeps, or is supposed to keep, an upright or standing position. Compare sitting, n.
    • n standing Hence— Duration; continuance; practice.
    • n standing A standing-place; a position or post; a stand.
    • n standing Relative position; degree; rank; consideration; social, professional, or commercial reputation; specifically, high rank: as, a member in full standing (of a church, society, club, or other organization); a committee composed of men of good standing.
    • standing Having an erect position; upright; perpendicular; hence, rising or raised; high.
    • standing Involving the attitude or position of one who stands; performed while standing: as, a standing jump.
    • standing Remaining at rest; motionless; inactive; specifically, of water, stagnant.
    • standing Permanent; lasting; fixed; not transient, transitory, or occasional: as, a standing rule; a standing order.
    • standing In printing, remaining for further use: noting composed types, printed or unprinted, which are reserved from distribution.
    • standing In a military organization, those orders which are always in force.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The city of Venice stands on about 120 small islands.
    • adj Standing established: settled: permanent: fixed: stagnant: being erect
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  • Lao-Tzu
    “He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.”
  • Gloria Steinem
    “The only thing I can't stand is discomfort.”
  • Edward Everett
    Edward Everett
    “Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Fair flowers are not left standing along the wayside long.”
  • Charles M. Schulz
    “I love mankind; it's people I can't stand.”


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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. standan; Goth. standan, Ger. stehen; cf. Gr. histanai, to place, L. stāre, to stand.


In literature:

This village stands at the foot of Cleeve Hill.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
The friendship between the two seems to have been close and of long standing.
"Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation" by S. D. Gordon
Darke, who has again taken stand behind a fallen tree, where he has a full view of her movements, watches them with eager eyes.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Foh-Kyung laughed softly, standing there, eye-level with the kitchen gods.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
There was a lot of other people in a row standing down the hall, back of this sad man.
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
The man himself was standing.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
She would like to believe that she had something to do with it, but the English wife stands rather in the way.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Stand up to your troubles like a man.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
There it stands, and there let it stand forever.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Standing jump may be used in playing this game.
"Games and Play for School Morale" by Various

In poetry:

God bless our native land,
Land of the newly free,
Oh may she ever stand
For truth and liberty.
"God Bless Our Native Land" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
When passed my friend, my kinsfolk,
Through the Last Door,
And left me standing bleakly,
I died yet more;
"The Dead Man Walking" by Thomas Hardy
Over meadow stands new moon,
Over boundary of dew.
Come, we'll make a friend of you,
Dear, distant, alien.
"New Moon" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
Wherefore then blame me, Love,
That, mortal that I be,
I stand one moment, lost, dismayed--
Then face eternity?
"One Moment of Doubt" by Charles Hanson Towne
If man comes not to gather
The roses where they stand,
They fade among their foliage;
They cannot seek his hand.
"Song From The Spanish Of Iglesias" by William Cullen Bryant
Jesus the Savior reigns!
Let earth adore its Lord;
Bright cherubs his attendants stand,
Swift to fulfil his word.
"Psalm 99 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Baldwin stands five feet, six inches tall.
In 2012, the only thing left standing between you and knowledge is your will to learn.
Gliding along on a stand-up paddleboard.
On Nov 6, the penultimate day of the Anglican Consultative Meeting in Auckland, New Zealand, the members of the council elected six members to serve on the Standing Committee.
In weather annals , 1913 flood stands out.
Galia Slayen stands with her life-size Barbie, which would be 5'9, weigh 110 pounds, and have a BMI associated with anorexia .
Members of Libya's Ansar al-Sharia Brigade stand in front of their compound in Benghazi, before they were chased out of the city by members of the public in September.
Lynch tells me that doing stand-up helps his anthropology research.
The development of antibiotics stands as one of the great scientific achievements of the 20th century.
Where do you stand on Antichrist .
Lon found this shed two weeks ago but couldn't retrieve it because it was frozen in several inches of standing water.
A judge in southwest Wisconsin ruled Thursday that an Argyle teenager is mentally competent to stand trial for a fire that killed his three nephews.
UMWA stands in 100 percent support of striking nurses at ARH .
Case Stands Out Because It Stands Alone.
If you didn't know better, you'd swear the first BCS standings of the 2012 season were actually the SEC standings.

In science:

R , iS are the canonical coproduct inclusions and i stands for any of them.
Linear extensions and nilpotence for Maltsev theories
Z = dZ (t)/dt stands for the time derivative of the scale parameter Z .
Simple solutions of relativistic hydrodynamics for longitudinally expanding systems
Notation < Q(E ) > stands for the microcanonical average of some quantity Q, i.e. its average over all the abovequoted g (E ) states, and only these, uniformly weighted, i.e.
Simple Dynamics for Broad Histogram Method
As the type system stands, we cannot turn many-sorted strategies into generic ones, nor the other way around.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Here, ωij stands for the (i, j )th coordinate of ω ∈ Ω.
The Point of View of the Particle on the Law of Large Numbers for Random Walks in a Mixing Random Environment