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Meaning of stationary by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈsteɪʃənəri/, X-SAMPA: /"steIS@n@ri/
    • ( US ) enPR: stāʹshə-nĕr-ĭ, IPA: /ˈsteɪʃənɛri/, X-SAMPA: /"steIS@nEri/
    • Homophone: stationery


    From Latin stationarius, from statio, ultimately from stō .


    stationary ( comparative more stationary, superlative most stationary )

    1. Not moving .
      For a few moments, the train remained stationary, before lurching forward along the track .
    2. incapable of being moved
    3. unchanging




    stationary ( plural: stationaries )

    1. One who, or that which, is stationary, such as a planet when apparently it has neither progressive nor retrograde motion .
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    2. Common misspelling of stationery .

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Explanation of stationary by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. not capable of being moved

    2. stationary machinery
    3. standing still

    4. the car remained stationary with the engine running

    Definition of stationary by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Stationary ( -ar ), a. [L. stationarius: cf. F. stationnaire. Cf. Stationer.]
      1. Not moving; not appearing to move; stable; fixed.

      Charles Wesley, who is a more stationary man, does not believe the story. Southey.

      2. Not improving or getting worse; not growing wiser, greater, better, more excellent, or the contrary.

      3. Appearing to be at rest, because moving in the line of vision; not progressive or retrograde, as a planet.

      Stationary air ( Physiol. ), the air which under ordinary circumstances does not leave the lungs in respiration. -- Stationary engine. A steam engine that is permanently placed, in distinction from a portable engine, locomotive, marine engine, etc. Specifically: A factory engine, in distinction from a blowing, pumping, or other kind of engine which is also permanently placed.

    2. Stationary, n.; pl. -ries ( -rĭz ). One who, or that which, is stationary, as a planet when apparently it has neither progressive nor retrograde motion. Holland.