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on standby

1. Ready and available; waiting to participate or take one's turn if the situation arises. We have another actor on standby if this guy doesn't work out.
2. Waiting with the hope of a seat on a plane, train, or bus becoming available. If you don't need to arrive at a specific time or date, you can save a lot of money on tickets by flying standby.
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on standby

waiting for one's turn, especially describing the status of travelers who wait at a soon-to-depart train, plane, or bus, hoping that a seat will become available. The passenger waited on standby for an available seat. The agent was able to seat all of the passengers on standby.
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on standby

Ready and waiting, as in We've got three more painters on standby. This expression originated in the navy in the 1940s, where it referred to someone being ready to come on duty as soon as required. From about 1960 it began to be widely used in aviation for a passenger waiting to take the first available seat on a full flight.
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on ˈstandby


1 ready to do something immediately if needed or asked: The emergency services were put on standby after a bomb warning.
2 ready to travel or go somewhere if a ticket or something that is needed suddenly becomes available: He was on standby for the flight to New York.
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on standby

1. Ready and available.
2. As a standby passenger.
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The magnitude of standby energy consumption has been investigated in both national and international studies.
Early characterizations of residential standby energy consumption outside of the U.
Although the energy used by individual devices in standby mode is a small component of the energy consumption in residential homes, the overall cumulative effect on its annual energy bill, and the greater impact on the national energy demand, is substantial.
Having eliminated the current drain at the mains input, attention can be given to eliminating the current drawn by other elements in the circuit that continuously draw power even during standby.
This VCC rail is turned off when the power supply goes into standby mode, turning off the MOSFETs of SENZero to significantly reduce power losses to <500 [micro]W per channel.
In addition, standby customers argue that capacity charges should account for individual unit reliability.
Distributed generation advocates also argue that standby rates should reflect transmission and distribution investment deferral.
The synchronization of logical standby database with primary database we can achieve by data transformation from protocol file into SQL language statement and its consequential applying on standby database.
For creation and consequently administration of standby databases configuration is possible to use SQL, PL/SQL, OEM commands, or Data Guard technology from Oracle.
The corrective-heading readings on the standby compass card is vital and will let the pilot know which direction to navigate should both embedded INS systems be lost.
LBNL lists appliances that use 1 watt or less of standby power on its website at http:/Istandby.
Herter says, "I think a lot of the manufacturers are starting to recognize standby power as an issue and do something about it.
As added security, Digica will also provide access to a standby AS/400.
The standby letter of credit is a member of the family of independent undertakings that includes commercial letters of credit (also known as documentary letters of credit) and independent guarantees.
Standby Letter of Credit or Standby is commonly used to describe a letter of credit, however named or described, recognized under applicable law as a letter of credit or other independent undertaking supporting an obligation of the applicant that is not based on payment for goods or services by means of a commercial letter of credit.
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