Translation of "standby" - English-Russian dictionary

standby

noun [ C ] uk us /ˈstændbaɪ/ (plural standbys)

someone or something extra that is ready to be used if needed

что-либо имеющееся в запасе
We kept our old TV as a standby in case the new one broke.
be on standby

to be ready to do something or to be used if needed

стоять наготове, быть в запасе
Police were on standby in case there was any trouble after the game.

(Translation of “standby” from the Cambridge English–Russian Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)