Definition for STAND

STAND, n. [Sans. stana, a place, a mansion, state, &c.]

  1. A stop; a halt; as, to make a stand; to come to a stand; either in walking or in any progressive business. The horse made a stand, when he charged them and routed them. – Clarendon.
  2. A station; a place or post where one stands; or a place convenient for persons to remain for any purpose. The sellers of fruit have their several stands in the market. I took my stand upon an eminence. – Spectator.
  3. Rank; post; station. Father, since your fortune did attain / So high a stand, I mean not to descend. – Daniel. [In lieu of this, standing is now used. He is a man of high standing in his own country.]
  4. The act of opposing. We have come off / Like Romans; neither foolish in our stands, / Nor cowardly in retire. – Shak.
  5. The highest point; or the ultimate point of progression, where a stop is made, and regressive motion commences. The population of the world will not come to a stand, while the means of subsistence can be obtained. The prosperity of the Roman empire came to a stand in the reign of Augustus; after which it declined. Vice is at stand, and at the highest flow. – Dryden.
  6. A young tree, usually reserved when the other trees are cut. [English.]
  7. A small table; as a candle-stand; or any frame on which vessels and utensils may be laid.
  8. In commerce, a weight of from two hundred and a half to three hundred of pitch. – Encyc.
  9. Something on which a thing rests or is laid; as, a hay-stand.
  10. The place where a witness stands to testify in court. Stand of arms, in military affairs, a musket with its usual appendages, as a bayonet, cartridge-box, &c. Marshall. To be at a stand, to stop on account of some doubt or difficulty; hence, to be perplexed; to be embarrassed; to hesitate what to determine, or what to do.

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