Definition of Standoff

1. Noun. The finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided. "Their record was 3 wins, 6 losses and a tie"

Exact synonyms: Draw, Tie
Generic synonyms: Finish
Specialized synonyms: Dead Heat, Stalemate
Derivative terms: Draw, Tie

2. Noun. The act of repulsing or repelling an attack; a successful defensive stand.
Exact synonyms: Repulsion
Generic synonyms: Stand
Derivative terms: Repulse, Repulse

Definition of Standoff

1. Noun. A device which maintains a fixed distance between two objects, especially between a surface and a sign or electrical wiring. ¹

2. Noun. A deadlocked confrontation between antagonists (see stand off and verb below). ¹

3. Verb. (nonstandard spelling of stand off) ¹

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Definition of Standoff

1. a tie or draw, as in a game [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Standoff

standing room only
standing seam
standing seams
standing stock
standing stone
standing stones
standing tall
standing test
standing up
standing up to
standing wave
standing waves
standoff (current term)

Literary usage of Standoff

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Energy Efficiency: Challenges and Trends for Electric Utilities (1993)
"If sensors let warfighters "see" well enough and far more safely from a distance, then why go close? The extent to which operations from standoff distance ..."

2. Sensor Systems for Biological Agent Attacks: Protecting Buildings And by Bmed, National Research Council (U.S.), ebrary, Inc (2005)
"standoff DETECTION TECHNOLOGIES standoff detection technology relies on the measurement of energy transmission through the atmosphere to detect and ..."

3. From Home to Home: Autumn Wanderings in the Northwest, in the Years 1881 by Alexander Staveley Hill (1885)
"... woodcuts are taken, the one of the log hut and stables at standoff, with our wagon and horses ready for the start, L. on the grey horse standoff. ..."

4. Best Practices: Dod Training Can Do More to Help System Programs Implement edited by Katherine V. Schinasi (1999)
"... Air-to-Surface standoff Missile Joint Strike Fighter Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System-Joint Tactical Terminal Description of Program ..."

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