Definitions for: Stand


[n] a defensive effort; "the army made a final stand at the Rhone"
[n] a stop made by a touring musical or theatrical group to give a performance; "a one-night stand"
[n] a platform where a (brass) band can play in the open air
[n] a support or foundation; "the base of the lamp"
[n] a support for displaying various articles; "the newspapers were arranged on a rack"
[n] a booth where articles are displayed for sale
[n] tiered seats consisting of a structure (often made of wood) where people can sit to watch an event (game or parade)
[n] a small table for holding articles of various kinds; "a bedside stand"
[n] 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] an interruption of normal activity
[n] a growth of similar plants (usually trees) in a particular area; "they cut down a stand of trees"
[n] the position where a thing or person stands
[v] 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"
[v] have or maintain a position or stand on an issue; "Where do you stand on the War?"
[v] 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] be available for stud services, of male domestic animals such as stallions
[v] be standing; be upright; "We had to stand for the entire performance!"
[v] put into an upright position; "Can you stand the bookshelf up?"
[v] be in some specified state or condition; "I stand corrected"
[v] hold one's ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright; "I am standing my ground and won't give in!"
[v] be tall; have a height of; copula; "She stands 6 feet tall"
[v] be in effect; be or remain in force; "The law stands!"
[v] remain inactive, as of a car in a garage, or not flowing, as of water
[v] occupy a place or location, also metaphorically; "We stand on common ground"



Webster (1913) Definition: Stand, v. i. (Card Playing)
To be, or signify that one is, willing to play with one's
hand as dealt.


Stand, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Stood; p. pr. & vb. n.
Standing.] [OE. standen; AS. standan; akin to OFries.
stonda, st[=a]n, D. staan, OS. standan, st[=a]n, G. stehen,
Icel. standa, Dan. staae, Sw. st[*a], Goth. standan, Russ.
stoiate, L. stare, Gr. ? to cause to stand, ? to stand, Skr.
sth[=a]. [root]163. Cf. Assist, Constant, Contrast,
Desist, Destine, Ecstasy, Exist, Interstice,
Obstacle, Obstinate, Prest, n., Rest remainder,
Soltice, Stable, a. & n., State, n., Statute,
Stead, Steed, Stool, Stud of horses, Substance,
System.]
1. To be at rest in an erect position; to be fixed in an
upright or firm position; as:
(a) To be supported on the feet, in an erect or nearly
erect position; -- opposed to lie, sit, kneel,
etc. ``I pray you all, stand up!'' --Shak.
(b) To continue upright in a certain locality, as a tree
fixed by the roots, or a building resting on its
foundation.

It stands as it were to the ground yglued.
--Chaucer.

The ruined wall Stands when its wind worn
battlements are gone. --Byron.

2. 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?
--Chaucer.

3. To cease from progress; not to proceed; to stop; to pause;
to halt; to remain stationary.

I charge thee, stand, And tell thy name. --Dryden.

The star, which they saw in the east, went before
them, till it came and stood over where the young
child was. --Matt. ii. 9.

4. 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. --Dryden.

5. 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.
--Spectator.

6. 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.'' --South.

The king granted the Jews . . . to gather themselves
together, and to stand for their life. --Esther
viii. 11.

7. 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. --Latimer.

8. 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.

9. To be in some particular state; to have essence or being;
to be; to consist. ``Sacrifices . . . which stood only in
meats and drinks.'' --Heb. ix. 10.

Accomplish what your signs foreshow; I stand
resigned, and am prepared to go. --Dryden.

Thou seest how it stands with me, and that I may not
tarry. --Sir W.
Scott.

10. To be consistent; to agree; to accord.

Doubt me not; by heaven, I will do nothing But what
may stand with honor. --Massinger.

11. (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.
--Dryden.

12. To offer one's self, or to be offered, as a candidate.

He stood to be elected one of the proctors of the
university. --Walton.

13. To stagnate; not to flow; to be motionless.

Or the black water of Pomptina stands. --Dryden.

14. To measure when erect on the feet.

Six feet two, as I think, he stands. --Tennyson.

15. (Law)
(a) To be or remain as it is; to continue in force; to
have efficacy or validity; to abide. --Bouvier.
(b) To appear in court. --Burrill.

Stand by (Naut.), a preparatory order, equivalent to {Be
ready}.

To stand against, to opposite; to resist.

To stand by.
(a) To be near; to be a spectator; to be present.
(b) To be aside; to be aside with disregard. ``In the
interim [we] let the commands stand by neglected.''
--Dr. H. More.
(c) To maintain; to defend; to support; not to desert;
as, to stand by one's principles or party.
(d) To rest on for support; to be supported by.
--Whitgift.

To stand corrected, to be set right, as after an error in a
statement of fact. --Wycherley.

To stand fast, to be fixed; to be unshaken or immovable.

To stand firmly on, to be satisfied or convinced of.
``Though Page be a secure fool, and stands so firmly on
his wife's frailty.'' --Shak.

To stand for.
(a) To side with; to espouse the cause of; to support; to
maintain, or to profess or attempt to maintain; to
defend. ``I stand wholly for you.'' --Shak.
(b) To be in the place of; to be the substitute or to
represent; as, a cipher at the left hand of a figure
stands for nothing. ``I will not trouble myself,
whether these names stand for the same thing, or
really include one another.'' --Locke.

To stand in, to cost. ``The same standeth them in much less
cost.'' --Robynson (More's Utopia).

The Punic wars could not have stood the human race
in less than three millions of the species. --Burke.

To stand in hand, to conduce to one's interest; to be
serviceable or advantageous.

To stand off.
(a) To keep at a distance.
(b) Not to comply.
(c) To keep at a distance in friendship, social
intercourse, or acquaintance.
(d) To appear prominent; to have relief. ``Picture is
best when it standeth off, as if it were carved.''
--Sir H. Wotton.

To stand off and on (Naut.), to remain near a coast by
sailing toward land and then from it.

To stand on (Naut.), to continue on the same tack or
course.

To stand out.
(a) To project; to be prominent. ``Their eyes stand out
with fatness.'' --Psalm lxxiii. 7.
(b) To persist in opposition or resistance; not to yield
or comply; not to give way or recede.

His spirit is come in, That so stood out
against the holy church. --Shak.

To stand to.
(a) To ply; to urge; to persevere in using. ``Stand to
your tackles, mates, and stretch your oars.''
--Dryden.
(b) To remain fixed in a purpose or opinion. ``I will
stand to it, that this is his sense.'' --Bp.
Stillingfleet.
(c) To abide by; to adhere to; as to a contrast,
assertion, promise, etc.; as, to stand to an award;
to stand to one's word.
(d) Not to yield; not to fly; to maintain, as one's
ground. ``Their lives and fortunes were put in
safety, whether they stood to it or ran away.''
--Bacon.
(e) To be consistent with; to agree with; as, it stands
to reason that he could not have done so.
(f) To support; to uphold. ``Stand to me in this cause.''
--Shak.

To stand together, to be consistent; to agree.

To stand to sea (Naut.), to direct the course from land.

To stand under, to undergo; to withstand. --Shak.

To stand up.
(a) To rise from sitting; to be on the feet.
(b) To arise in order to speak or act. ``Against whom,
when the accusers stood up, they brought none
accusation of such things as I supposed.'' --Acts
xxv. 18.
(c) To rise and stand on end, as the hair.
(d) To put one's self in opposition; to contend. ``Once
we stood up about the corn.'' --Shak.

To stand up for, to defend; to justify; to support, or
attempt to support; as, to stand up for the
administration.

To stand upon.
(a) To concern; to interest.
(b) To value; to esteem. ``We highly esteem and stand
much upon our birth.'' --Ray.
(c) To insist on; to attach much importance to; as, to
stand upon security; to stand upon ceremony.
(d) To attack; to assault. [A Hebraism] ``So I stood upon
him, and slew him.'' --2 Sam. i. 10.

To stand with, to be consistent with. ``It stands with
reason that they should be rewarded liberally.'' --Sir J.
Davies.


Stand, v. t.
1. To endure; to sustain; to bear; as, I can not stand the
cold or the heat.

2. To resist, without yielding or receding; to withstand.
``Love stood the siege.'' --Dryden.

He stood the furious foe. --Pope.

3. To abide by; to submit to; to suffer.

Bid him disband his legions, . . . And stand the
judgment of a Roman senate. --Addison.

4. To set upright; to cause to stand; as, to stand a book on
the shelf; to stand a man on his feet.

5. To be at the expense of; to pay for; as, to stand a treat.
[Colloq.] --Thackeray.

To stand fire, to receive the fire of arms from an enemy
without giving way.

To stand one's ground, to keep the ground or station one
has taken; to maintain one's position. ``Peasants and
burghers, however brave, are unable to stand their ground
against veteran soldiers.'' --Macaulay.

To stand trial, to sustain the trial or examination of a
cause; not to give up without trial.


Stand, n. [As. stand. See Stand, v. i.]
1. The act of standing.

I took my stand upon an eminence . . . to look into
thier several ladings. --Spectator.

2. 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. --Dryden.

3. 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. --Shak.

4. A station in a city or town where carriages or wagons
stand for hire; as, a cab stand. --Dickens.

5. 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.

6. A small table; also, something on or in which anything may
be laid, hung, or placed upright; as, a hat stand; an
umbrella stand; a music stand.

7. A place where a witness stands to testify in court.

8. The situation of a shop, store, hotel, etc.; as, a good,
bad, or convenient stand for business. [U. S.]

9. Rank; post; station; standing.

Father, since your fortune did attain So high a
stand, I mean not to descend. --Daniel.

10. A state of perplexity or embarrassment; as, to be at a
stand what to do. --L'Estrange.

11. 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.

12. (Com.) A weight of from two hundred and fifty to three
hundred pounds, -- used in weighing pitch.

Microscope stand, the instrument, excepting the eyepiece,
objective, and other removable optical parts.

Stand of ammunition, the projectile, cartridge, and sabot
connected together.

Stand of arms. (Mil.) See under Arms.

Stand of colors (Mil.), a single color, or flag. --Wilhelm
(Mil. Dict.)

To be at a stand, to be stationary or motionless; to be at
a standstill; hence, to be perplexed; to be embarrassed.


To make a stand, to halt for the purpose of offering
resistance to a pursuing enemy.

Syn: Stop; halt; rest; interruption; obstruction; perplexity;
difficulty; embarrassment; hesitation.

Synonyms: abide, bandstand, base, bear, brook, endure, fend, outdoor stage, pedestal, point of view, put up, rack, remain firm, resist, sales booth, stall, stand up, standpoint, stands, standstill, stomach, suffer, support, tie-up, tolerate, viewpoint

Antonyms: lie, relent, sit, sit down, soften, yield

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