stationary

[ stey-shuh-ner-ee ]
/ ˈsteɪ ʃəˌnɛr i /

adjective

standing still; not moving.
having a fixed position; not movable.
established in one place; not itinerant or migratory.
remaining in the same condition or state; not changing: The market price has remained stationary for a week.

noun, plural sta·tion·ar·ies.

a person or thing that is stationary.

Origin of stationary

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word statiōnārius. See station, -ary

OTHER WORDS FROM stationary

non·sta·tion·ar·y, adjective, noun, plural non·sta·tion·ar·ies.qua·si-sta·tion·ar·y, adjectiveun·sta·tion·ar·y, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH stationary

stationary stationery
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British Dictionary definitions for stationary

stationary
/ (ˈsteɪʃənərɪ) /

adjective

not moving; standing still
not able to be moved
showing no changethe doctors said his condition was stationary
tending to remain in one place

Derived forms of stationary

stationarily, adverbstationariness, noun

Word Origin for stationary

C15: from Latin statiōnārius, from statiō station

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