bystander bystander  /ˈbaɪ ˌstæn dər/


  • (n) a nonparticipant spectator


  1. Gordimer is no literary bystander.
  2. The voyage to the bottom of the Atlantic was uneventful enough to satisfy the most apprehensive bystander.
  3. He was just an innocent bystander, he says.


  1. HeartSine Recruits Athlete Saved by Defibrillator

    NEWTOWN, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HeartSine® Technologies (, the leading manufacturer of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), has recruited an inspirational swimmer who was saved by a defibrillator after experiencing Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Brian Duffield collapsed at the age of 40 in Tucson, Arizona, after a routine swimming workout in 2006. A bystander ran for help ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Business Wire

  2. Patriots and #8217; Brady, Kraft fine with Tebowmania

    FOXBORO - Tim Tebow participated in his second straight practice with the Patriots at their three-day minicamp on Wednesday and that session was much like his first. Tebow joined fellow quarterbacks Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett in receiving positional instruction, but was a bystander during team drills until getting a chance to run with the backups at the very end of the two-hour session (FYI: It ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  3. Girl's Car-Chase Death Spawns a Very Big Lawsuit Over 911 Response Time

    The death of a 4-year-old bystander killed by a car fleeing police last week might have been prevented, the girl's mother said, had the emergency vehicles dispatched to help her not been delayed by four minutes.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: New York Magazine


  1. Speaking at the Worshipful Company of International Bankers' annual dinner last night, Dr Sentamu said: "To a bystander like me, those who made £190 million deliberately underselling the shares of HBOS, in spite of a very strong capital base, and...
    on Sep 24, 2008 By: John Sentamu Source: Independent

  2. "I wanted the challenge again. I wanted to find out if I can still do it," Melrose said during a news conference. "I miss it. I've missed it since I left. I miss, the term I use is having a dog in a fight. I'm not a bystander. I've never been...
    on Jun 24, 2008 By: Barry Melrose Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "Virginia was not an innocent bystander in the matter of slavery," Gov. Timothy M. Kaine told a multiracial crowd gathered at the memorial, along a busy corner in downtown Richmond. "Some expression of apology or regret is ...... natural."
    on Mar 30, 2007 By: Tim Kaine Source: Forbes

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