I was just wondering if there was a single word to represent the phrase "something that is available/accessible all the time". The context for this is a company that provides services related to information technology.

  • "Available 24/7" is one common way to express it. It means 24 hours per day, and seven days per week. Also "round-the-clock". Those expressions tend to differ from one English-speaking country to another. Mar 18, 2014 at 5:22
  • All the answers till now are correct for specific uses but this depends on what the something is and what kind of availability/accessibility you are referring to.
    – msam
    Mar 18, 2014 at 9:37
  • Context for this is a company. Which provides services related to information technology.
    – Jabir
    Mar 18, 2014 at 10:56
  • The appropriate word/phrase to use would depend on what is available/accessible (personnel, equipment, etc.). Context is key with most things; words and phrases may have very similar dictionary definitions, but only one of a bunch might be appropriate and idiomatic.
    – bye
    Mar 18, 2014 at 11:13
  • A commodity perhaps?
    – liftarn
    Mar 18, 2014 at 11:59

13 Answers 13


There is ever-ready.

Permanently accessible, available, or prepared: 'Roxie’s ever-ready smile'

There is handy also which is more common.

Readily accessible: found a handy spot for the hammer.

Note: I gave my answers based on the exact definition only. There are different words and phrases that can be used based on the context. If it is related to information technology services, using "available 24/7" would be better.


at hand means ready for use. (dictionary.com - 43c)

We keep a supply of canned goods at hand.


It depends a lot on what you are talking about and in which register.

In a formal context I'd try to use ubiquitous. It doesn't imply constant availability but constant presence though, and refers more to "everywhere" or "in every situation" than to time itself:

The internet is almost ubiquitous thanks to smartphones.

In other contexts, available 24/7 (as Spehro suggested) emphasizes time.

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    Ubiquitous is more of "is everywhere" than "is available all the time". It still may work for you, depending on what meaning you need.
    – Phil Perry
    Mar 18, 2014 at 15:32
  • -1 Check the dictionary for ubiquitous.
    – Kris
    Mar 20, 2014 at 6:39
  • I know its meaning is just "omnipresent". Still, if @Jabir wants to talk about a good or service, it will be understood as "available everywhere", as in "Starbucks is ubiquitous" and "ubiquitous computing".
    – Jk041
    Mar 20, 2014 at 8:20

on standby

From Merriam-Webster:

— on standby
: ready or available for immediate action or use

  • But, implying that it's not currently active (just ready to spring into use).
    – Phil Perry
    Mar 18, 2014 at 15:28

It is a constant: always there, no matter what.

Pierceall in OrangeCounty Register, Feb. 24, 2014:

And as ideas for the park have come and gone, political administrations have changed and a recession had slowed the pace, Croucher is a constant at events and city meetings, gently reminding officials that he's still there and still wants to build a museum.

Leaderhouse in Prince Albert Daily Herald, March 03, 2014:

Everywhere you go (Bob) Marley’s photo is seen and his music is a constant at almost every turn.

Tascon in Vero Beach Newsweekly, March 12, 2014:

Davis is a constant at many functions with his knack for getting guests to reach into their wallets and purses to help a good cause. He uses serious fundraising techniques and humorous jibes to encourage higher bids.

[emphasis added]

  • Although a couple of those sound like American papers, I would say that use of "constant" is rare in the US. I don't recall ever hearing it used in that way. Maybe it's more of a Britishism?
    – Phil Perry
    Mar 18, 2014 at 15:30

'Ready' has already be posted, but I'd suggest at the ready

ready for immediate use: “kept guns at the ready” (Merriam-Webster)

I can also add uninterrupted, perpetual, persistent and other synonyms for “around the clock”.


The marketing buzz term that best fits is "always on" - I went this way since you seem to be looking down the biz buzz path.

  • +1 because I didn't see your answer when I posted mine. But, you didn't give an explanation of what always-on means. If you edit to do so, I will delete my answer.
    – David M
    Mar 18, 2014 at 20:34


This term gets used to describe things like internet connections that are always present without a dial-up, handshake, or log-in process.

The implication is that when you open your browser the internet is there.

So, it definitely describes the IT sense that you mentioned in comments.

An always-on connection.

An always-on resource.

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    More complete ;)
    – Ram
    Mar 19, 2014 at 1:37

How about omnipresent? I'm thinking of Scott Meyer's 'Basic Instructions' comic strip and his superhero Omnipresent-Man! "He's everywhere!"


Ready and willing would convey this to me and could be used for an object or a person.

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    Single-word? And how could an object be willing?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Mar 18, 2014 at 18:27
  • @Mari-LouA - Why wouldn't an object be willing? I can add to the other mediocre phrases for this question. I am always ready and willing. Mar 18, 2014 at 18:40
  • A person possesses a will, he or she either chooses or refuses to act in a certain way. I'm not aware of objects capable of the same. Something can be ready, but also willing? I don't think so.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Mar 18, 2014 at 18:47
  • @Mari-LouA - how do you know objects don't have a will? I'm saying neutral in case I come back as a hammer. Mar 18, 2014 at 18:50

In the tech world, the phrase is usually high availability. In adjective form, it would be highly available, as in

The cloud computing salesman quoted me $300 per month for a cluster of highly available database machines with 1 TB storage.

This has become (or perhaps always was) more of a marketing term than a technical term. But High Availability is usually backed by a contract, typically called a Service Level Agreement (SLA), which contains the exact definition of availability. Without a contract, high availability is just a buzzword (like "Organic!" or "state of the art"). The wikipedia page has further details on these concepts.


To summarise the information I've gleaned from the question and subsequent comments:

  • You want to describe something that is always available.
  • It is referring to something IT related.

I'm not sure if it's right for you because we have very little information, but here are some suggestions specific to IT.

  • Mission Critical component.

"Component Z is mission critical, and as such is always online."

  • Permanently online/available.

"The ISP is able to offer a permanent internet connection."

  • Uninterruptible connection (taken from UPS).

"Available 24/7, the service is uninterruptible all year round."

Referring specifically to services in which a person is required could be done with:

  • On Call

"Our technicians are on call 24/7."

I realise none of these cater perfectly to the OP's requirements but sometimes the OP doesn't know exactly what they want until they're presented with an option they never explicitly asked for.


'Consistent' can be used. Inconsistent is opposite.

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