Meaning of STANDOFF in English

I. ˈstand-ˌȯf noun

Date: circa 1835


a. : tie , deadlock

the two teams played to a standoff

b. : a counterbalancing effect

2. : the act of standing off

II. adjective

Date: 1837

1. : standoffish

2. : used for holding something at a distance from a surface

a standoff insulator

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.