Origin of stationary
OTHER WORDS FROM stationarynon·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 stationarystationary , stationery
Words nearby stationary
STATIONARY VS. STATIONERY
What’s the difference between stationary and stationery?
Stationary with an a is typically used as an adjective that means standing still, fixed in place, or not moving, as in a stationary bike or Face the camera and try to remain stationary. Stationery with an e is a noun that refers to paper for writing or writing materials. It most commonly refers to nice paper for writing, such as fancy notecards or special monogrammed paper for writing letters—you normally wouldn’t call just any old paper stationery.
The two words mean completely different things, so the trick is remembering which spelling to use for each.
Try this: think of the a in stationary as standing for anchor, which keeps it fixed in place. Think of the e in stationery as standing for envelope.
Here’s an example of stationary and stationery used correctly in a sentence.
Example: If you think about it, paperweights were invented to keep stationery stationary.
Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between stationary and stationery.
Quiz yourself on stationary vs. stationery!
Should stationary or stationery be used in the following sentence?
I love writing letters on hotel _____.
How to use stationary in a sentence
In some cases, we found photosynthetic bacteria that were literally frozen in the ice — totally stationary and yet they could still carry out photosynthesis.He Found ‘Islands of Fertility’ Beneath Antarctica’s Ice|Steve Nadis|July 20, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Still, auditors chastised the agency for doing little to curb emissions from mobile sources like cars, while acknowledging its primary role is to regulate “stationary sources” coming from buildings and shipyards.Sacramento Report: State Audit Knocks San Diego Agency’s Use of Vehicle Fees|Voice of San Diego|July 17, 2020|Voice of San Diego
The agency’s primary role is to regulate “stationary sources” of air pollution, basically any polluter that doesn’t move like a shipyard, Costco or even a school.Morning Report: How School Board Candidates Would Tackle Suspensions|Voice of San Diego|July 17, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Participants will be on stationary bikes in their homes rather than real bikes on the road, and there are some other key differences between the virtual Tour and the real thing.The Tour de France Is Going Virtual, and It Starts This Weekend|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|July 2, 2020|Singularity Hub
Some other stationary spots, called “anti-nodes,” also develop.New ultrasound treatment kills off cancer cells|Alison Pearce Stevens|April 10, 2020|Science News For Students
“I usually see people head to the stationary bikes,” Steinbrick says.How to Survive the New Year ‘Gympocalypse’|Tim Teeman|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Senhor José remains stationary, but this lengthy series of clauses propels the reader along an unmarked path.The Lost Novel of Nobel-Winner José Saramago|Charles Shafaieh|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Let me tell you, you look pretty silly nearly whiffing a stationary ball.Forget Bipartisan Golf, Obama, and Play Against Me|Michael Tomasky|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Five minutes later, Grace bounds down the stationary escalator, clutching a bacon cheeseburger and a Coke.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction|Abby Haglage|May 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Aristotle saw a universe with a stationary earth at the center and Galileo saw a universe with the earth in motion about the sun.How Liberty University Creates Creationists|Karl W. Giberson|March 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The trains were pulled up the incline at the Lickey by powerful stationary engines.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
The cross-head, side rods, and boiler were very similar to the Welsh stationary engines of that date.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick
To the great amazement of the Moro chiefs, the waggons suddenly became stationary, whilst the released horses galloped on ahead!The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
There is a tolerable theatre, but the dramatic corps are not stationary.
Of the Somali tribes the Herti dwell near the coast and are more or less stationary.