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What is another word for standby?

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A backup to be used in cases of emergency
“When the active unit fails, the switch will activate the standby unit.”
A state of readiness
“Reporters and crews are on standby ready to be assigned at short notice.”
Someone or something to which one depends on or looks to for support
“For passive men, this is a trusty standby, usually passed down from father to son over generations.”
List of people waiting for something
Being used in a backup or replacement role
“When system errors such as leaks, jams, or pump failure are detected, the control unit will trigger the standby system to take over.”
Acting as an interim and temporary measure
To be slow to disappear, complete or die
“The producers also found it necessary to insert that wearisome kidvid standby, the cute animal mascot, to amuse the toddlers.”
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