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
Related formsnon·sta·tion·ar·y, adjective, noun, plural non·sta·tion·ar·ies.qua·si-sta·tion·ar·y, adjectiveun·sta·tion·ar·y, adjective
Can be confusedstationary stationery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stationary

Contemporary Examples of stationary

Historical Examples of stationary

  • External corrosion is a far more frequent cause of explosion in stationary boilers; and it arises from many causes.

  • At that height, or at half that height, there can be but little accuracy in bomb-dropping, even from the stationary Zeppelin.

  • He stood in this attitude for several minutes, as stationary as if carved in stone.

    Among the Esquimaux

    Edward S. Ellis

  • During the alternate periods of elevation and of stationary level the record will be blank.

  • His Iliad, collated with his last corrections and alterations, well deserves to fill a stationary niche in our poetical library.

British Dictionary definitions for stationary



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 Formsstationarily, adverbstationariness, noun

Word Origin for stationary

C15: from Latin statiōnārius, from statiō station


Avoid confusion with stationery
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Word Origin and History for stationary

late 14c., in relation to planetary motions, from Latin stationarius, in classical Latin, "of a military station," from statio (see station).

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