noun, plural stand·bys.
Origin of standby
Examples from the Web for standby
That's why medical teams, replete with Life Flight helicopters, are always on standby at tour events.The World Series of Cliff Diving Takes Itself Very Seriously|Hampton Stevens|June 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Daniel Schachner, the actor playing the referee for Puppy Bowl X, waits on standby to help out on the field.
Ballard had Lottie Jackson and the ambulance crew “on standby,” in case the jury wanted them.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis|Richard Ben Cramer|January 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So while the Republican race is in full throttle, the Democrats are left in standby mode.Democratic Presidential Contenders Stay in the Shadows|David Catanese|May 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They would rather you not think of devices in standby mode and would rather make that extension cord as invisible as possible.The Internet Won’t Save Us: Evgeny Morozov’s Stand Against Technology Solutionism|Robert Herritt|March 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Irish potatoes are expensive, as most of this standby is imported.Seven Legs Across the Seas|Samuel Murray
It became notable that Betsy's standby light took up new tempos in its wavering.The Machine That Saved The World|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
A standby pattern lighted the screen, and I stared at it numbly.Backlash|Winston Marks
Nuts are there as the standby, the backbone of the meal, and after come blackberries, as pudding or dessert.What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes|Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Then a cushioned silence everywhere, save for the faint, standby scratching sounds that loudspeakers always emit.Talents, Incorporated|William Fitzgerald Jenkins