standing ( standings plural )
1 n-uncount Someone's standing is their reputation or status.
with supp, oft adj N, with poss
...an artist of international standing..., He has improved his country's standing abroad...
2 n-count A party's or person's standing is their popularity.
usu sing, with poss
But, as the opinion poll shows, the party's standing with the people at large has never been so low...
3 adj You use standing to describe something which is permanently in existence.
Israel has a relatively small standing army and its strength is based on its reserves..., Elizabeth had a standing invitation to stay with her.
5 You can use the expression of many years' standing to say that something has had a particular function or someone has had a particular role for many years. For example, if a place is your home of ten years' standing, it has been your home for ten years. WRITTEN
of many years' standing phrase n PHR ...a Congressman of 24 years' standing..., My girlfriend of long standing left me.
A free-standing piece of furniture or other object is not fixed to anything, or stands on its own away from other things. adj
...a free-standing cooker.
A long-standing situation has existed for a long time. adj usu ADJ n
They are on the brink of resolving their long-standing dispute over money., ...long-standing economic links between Europe and much of Africa.
1 adj An object or structure that is self-standing is not supported by other objects or structures.
...self-standing plastic cases.
2 adj A company or organization that is self-standing is independent of other companies or organizations. (BUSINESS)
Five separate companies, all operating as self-standing units, are now one.
standing joke ( standing jokes plural ) If something is a standing joke among a group of people, they often make jokes about it. n-count usu sing
Her precision became a standing joke with colleagues.
standing order ( standing orders plural ) A standing order is an instruction to your bank to pay a fixed amount of money to someone at regular times.
(BRIT) n-count also by N
standing ovation ( standing ovations plural ) If a speaker or performer gets a standing ovation when they have finished speaking or performing, the audience stands up to clap in order to show its admiration or support. n-count
Standing room is space in a room or bus, where people can stand when all the seats have been occupied. n-uncount
The place quickly fills up so it's soon standing room only.