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Stand \Stand\ (st[a^]nd), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Stood} (st[oo^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Standing}.] [OE. standen; AS. standan; akin to OFries. stonda, st[=a]n, D. staan, OS. standan, st[=a]n, OHG. stantan, st[=a]n, G. stehen, Icel. standa, Dan. staae, Sw. st[*a], Goth. standan, Russ. stoiate, L. stare, Gr. 'ista`nai to cause to stand, sth^nai to stand, Skr. sth[=a]. [root]163. Cf. {Assist}, {Constant}, {Contrast}, {Desist}, {Destine}, {Ecstasy}, {Exist}, {Interstice}, {Obstacle}, {Obstinate}, {Prest}, n., {Rest} remainder, {Solstice}, {Stable}, a. & n., {Staff}, {Stage}, {Stall}, n., {Stamen}, {Stanchion}, {Stanza}, {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. [1913 Webster]

                  It stands as it were to the ground yglued.
                                                    --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

                  The ruined wall
                  Stands when its wind-worn battlements are gone.
                                                    --Byron. [1913 Webster]

     2. To occupy or hold a place; to have a situation; to be situated or located; as, Paris stands on the Seine. [1913 Webster]

              Wite ye not where there stands a little town?
                                                    --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     3. To cease from progress; not to proceed; to stop; to pause; to halt; to remain stationary. [1913 Webster]

              I charge thee, stand,
              And tell thy name.                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              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. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              My mind on its own center stands unmoved. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     5. To maintain one's ground; to be acquitted; not to fail or yield; to be safe. [1913 Webster]

              Readers by whose judgment I would stand or fall.
                                                    --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

     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.
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              The king granted the Jews . . . to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life. --Esther viii. 11. [1913 Webster]

     7. To adhere to fixed principles; to maintain moral rectitude; to keep from falling into error or vice. [1913 Webster]

              We must labor so as to stand with godliness, according to his appointment.         --Latimer. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              Accomplish what your signs foreshow;
              I stand resigned, and am prepared to go. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              Thou seest how it stands with me, and that I may not tarry.                                --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

     10. To be consistent; to agree; to accord.
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               Doubt me not; by heaven, I will do nothing But what may stand with honor.       --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

     11. (Naut.) To hold a course at sea; as, to stand from the shore; to stand for the harbor. [1913 Webster]

               From the same parts of heaven his navy stands.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     12. To offer one's self, or to be offered, as a candidate. [1913 Webster]

               He stood to be elected one of the proctors of the university.                          --Walton. [1913 Webster]

     13. To stagnate; not to flow; to be motionless. [1913 Webster]

               Or the black water of Pomptina stands. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     14. To measure when erect on the feet.
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               Six feet two, as I think, he stands. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     16. (Card Playing) To be, or signify that one is, willing to play with one's hand as dealt. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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

     {To stand against}, to oppose; to resist.

     {To stand by}.
         (a) To be near; to be a spectator; to be present. (b) To be aside; to be set 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.
         (e) To remain as a spectator, and take no part in an action; as, we can't just stand idly by while people are being killed.

     {To stand corrected}, to be set right, as after an error in a statement of fact; to admit having been in error.
        --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 representative of; 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. (c) To tolerate; as, I won't stand for any delay.

     {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 contract, 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; same as {stand with}, below . (f) To support; to uphold. "Stand to me in this cause."
             --Shak.

     {To stand together}, to be consistent; to agree.

     {To stand to reason} to be reasonable; to be expected.

     {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.
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         (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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Stand \Stand\ (st[a^]nd), n. [AS. stand. See {Stand}, v. i.]
     1. The act of standing.
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              I took my stand upon an eminence . . . to look into their several ladings.                --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

     2. A halt or stop for the purpose of defense, resistance, or opposition; as, to come to, or to make, a stand. [1913 Webster]

              Vice is at stand, and at the highest flow. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     3. A place or post where one stands; a place where one may stand while observing or waiting for something. [1913 Webster]

              I have found you out a stand most fit, Where you may have such vantage on the duke, He shall not pass you.                --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     4. A station in a city or town where carriages or wagons stand for hire; as, a cab stand. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     6. A small table; also, something on or in which anything may be laid, hung, or placed upright; as, a hatstand; an umbrella stand; a music stand. [1913 Webster]

     7. The place where a witness stands to testify in court. [1913 Webster]

     8. The situation of a shop, store, hotel, etc.; as, a good, bad, or convenient stand for business. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

     9. Rank; post; station; standing.
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              Father, since your fortune did attain So high a stand, I mean not to descend. --Daniel. [1913 Webster]

     10. A state of perplexity or embarrassment; as, to be at a stand what to do. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     12. (Com.) A weight of from two hundred and fifty to three hundred pounds, -- used in weighing pitch. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: Stop; halt; rest; interruption; obstruction; perplexity; difficulty; embarrassment; hesitation. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Stand \Stand\ (st[a^]nd), v. t.
     1. To endure; to sustain; to bear; as, I can not stand the cold or the heat. [1913 Webster]

     2. To resist, without yielding or receding; to withstand.
        "Love stood the siege." --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              He stood the furious foe.             --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     3. To abide by; to submit to; to suffer.
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              Bid him disband his legions, . . .
              And stand the judgment of a Roman senate. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

     4. To set upright; to cause to stand; as, to stand a book on the shelf; to stand a man on his feet. [1913 Webster]

     5. To be at the expense of; to pay for; as, to stand a treat. [Colloq.] --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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