standby

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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
1. (state of readiness)
a. la espera
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
Firefighters are on standby at the fireworks show.Los bomberos están en espera en el espectáculo de fuegos pirotécnicos.
2. (person waiting for a place)
a. la persona en la lista de espera
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
We have five standbys, but only four available seats.Tenemos cinco personas en la lista de espera, pero solo cuatro asientos disponibles.
3. (dependable person or thing)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Dave ordered pepperoni pizza, his standby.Dave pidió una pizza de pepperoni, su comida de siempre.
He didn't really want to go out with you. He was using you as a standby in case Rebecca turned him down.En realidad, no quería salir contigo. Te estaba usando como novia de repuesto en caso de que Rebecca lo rechazara.
4. (electronics)
a. el modo de espera
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
I walked away from the computer for an hour and when I returned it was in standby.Me fui de la computadora por una hora y cuando volví estaba en modo de espera.
b. el stand-by
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
If you leave the TV on standby, it keeps consuming electricity.Si dejas la tele en stand-by, sigue consumiendo electricidad.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
5. (kept in reserve)
a. de emergencia
There's a hurricane coming. Check to make sure the standby generator has enough gas.Viene un huracán. Asegúrate de que el generador de emergencia tiene suficiente gasolina.
6. (relative to unreserved travel space)
a. de espera
Madeline went to the airport at the last minute and tried to get on the standby list to fly to Hawaii.Madeline se fue al úlimo momento al aeropuerto a ver si podía agregarse a la lista de espera para viajar a Hawái.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
adverb
7. (via unreserved travel space)
a. en lista de espera
I flew standby to Cancun on Christmas day.Volé en lista de espera a Cancún el día de Navidad.
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stand-by
[ˈstændbaɪ]
noun
1. reserva (f) (money, fuel, food)
  • to have something as a stand-by tener algo de reserva
  • to be on stand-by estar en alerta (troops, emergency services)
2. (for air travel)
  • to be on stand-by estar en lista de espera
  • stand-by passenger pasajero(a) (sustantivo masculino o femenino) en lista de espera
  • stand-by ticket billete (m) or boleto (m) de lista de espera (Am)
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stand-by [ˈstændbaɪ]
noun
1 (in case of need) (person) suplente (m); (spare) repuesto (m); (loan) crédito (m) contingente; stand-by (m)
aspirin is a useful stand-by
2 (alert, readiness)
to be on stand-by [+troops] (ready for attack) estar preparado para el ataque; [+doctor] estar listo para acudir; [+passenger] estar en lista de espera
ready to leave
to be on 24-hour stand-by (ready to leave) estar listo para partir dentro de 24 horas
to put sb on three-day stand-by the troops have been put on a three-day stand-by
3 (stand-by ticket) billete (m) de lista de espera; billete (m) de stand-by
modifier
stand-by aircraft (n) avión (m) de reserva
stand-by arrangements (n) (Economics) acuerdo (m) de reserva
stand-by credit (n) crédito (m) disponible; crédito (m) stand-by
stand-by facility (n) stand-by (m); lista (f) de reserva
stand-by generator (n) generador (m) de reserva
stand-by passenger (n) (Aer) pasajeroapasajera (m) (f) de la lista de espera;a pasajera
stand-by ticket (n) billete (m) stand-by
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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