Stationary meaning

stāshə-nĕrē
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The definition of stationary is not moving or not movable.

An example of stationary is a bike at the gym that is attached to the floor.

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A person or thing that is stationary.
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Not moving.

For a few moments, the train remained stationary, before lurching forward along the track.

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Incapable of being moved.
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One who, or that which, is stationary, such as a planet when apparently it has neither progressive nor retrograde motion.

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Not migratory or itinerant.
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Common misspelling of stationery.
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Unchanging.

A stationary sound.

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One that is stationary.
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Not moving or not movable; fixed or still.
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Unchanging in condition, value, etc.; not increasing or decreasing.
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Origin of stationary

  • Middle English stacionarie from Old French stationnaire from Medieval Latin statiōnārius from Latin belonging to a military station from statiō statiōn- station station

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin stationarius, from statio, ultimately from stō.

    From Wiktionary