stationary

  • 1 Stationary — Sta tion*a*ry ( [asl]*r[y^]), a. [L. stationarius: cf. F. stationnaire. Cf. {Stationer}.] 1. Not moving; not appearing to move; stable; fixed. [1913 Webster] Charles Wesley, who is a more stationary man, does not believe the story. Southey. [1913 …

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  • 2 Stationary — can mean: In statistics and probability: a stationary process. In mathematics: a stationary point. In mathematics: a stationary set. In physics: a time invariant quantity, such as a constant position or temperature. In physics: a steady state… …

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  • 3 stationary — stationary, stationery Stationary is an adjective and means ‘not moving’ whereas stationery is a noun and denotes paper and writing materials. Both words are derived from the Latin word stare ‘to stand’. The relevance of this to stationary is… …

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  • 4 stationary — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not moving. 2) not changing in quantity or condition. USAGE Take care to distinguish between stationary and stationery: stationary is an adjective meaning ‘not moving or changing’, whereas stationery is a noun meaning ‘paper and… …

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  • 5 Stationary — Sta tion*a*ry, n.; pl. { ries} ( r[i^]z). One who, or that which, is stationary, as a planet when apparently it has neither progressive nor retrograde motion. Holland. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 stationary — [stā′shə ner΄ē] adj. [ME stacionarye < L stationarius < statio: see STATION] 1. not moving or not movable; fixed or still 2. unchanging in condition, value, etc.; not increasing or decreasing 3. not migratory or itinerant n. pl.… …

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  • 7 stationary — index firm, permanent, stable, stagnant, standing, static, steadfast Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …

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  • 8 stationary — late 14c., in relation to planetary motions, from L. stationarius, in classical Latin, of a military station, from statio (see STATION (Cf. station)) …

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  • 9 stationary — [adj] not moving; fixed anchored, at a standstill, immobile, inert, moored, motionless, nailed*, nailed down*, parked*, pat*, permanent, stable, stagnant, standing, static, stock still, unmoving; concepts 488,551 Ant. mobile, moving, restless,… …

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  • 10 stationary — adj. 1 remaining in one place, not moving (hit a stationary car). 2 not meant to be moved; not portable (stationary troops; stationary engine). 3 not changing in magnitude, number, quality, efficiency, etc. (stationary temperature). 4 (of a… …

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  • 11 stationary — [[t]ste͟ɪʃənri, AM neri[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Something that is stationary is not moving. Stationary cars in traffic jams cause a great deal of pollution... The train was stationary for 90 minutes …

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  • 12 stationary — adjective 1》 not moving. 2》 not changing in quantity or condition. Origin ME: from L. stationarius, from statio(n ) (see station). Usage The words stationary and stationery are often confused. Stationary is an adjective which means ‘not moving or …

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  • 13 stationary — /stay sheuh ner ee/, adj., n., pl. stationaries. adj. 1. standing still; not moving. 2. having a fixed position; not movable. 3. established in one place; not itinerant or migratory. 4. remaining in the same condition or state; not changing: The… …

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  • 14 stationary — sta|tion|ar|y [ steıʃn,eri ] adjective not moving: She rammed into a stationary vehicle on the side of the road. The storm system remained almost stationary just south of the coast …

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  • 15 stationary — adjective 1) a stationary car Syn: static, parked, stopped, motionless, immobile, unmoving, still, stock still, at a standstill, at rest; not moving a muscle, like a statue, rooted to the spot, frozen, inactive, inert, lifel …

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  • 16 stationary — UK [ˈsteɪʃ(ə)n(ə)rɪ] / US [ˈsteɪʃ(ə)nˌerɪ] adjective not moving She rammed into a stationary vehicle at the side of the road. The storm system remained almost stationary just south of the coast …

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  • 17 stationary — nonmoving onmoving adj. Not moving. Opposite of {moving}. [Narrower terms: {at rest, inactive, motionless, static, still}; {becalmed ; {dead(prenominal), stagnant, standing(prenominal), still}; {frozen(predicate), rooted(predicate), stock still ; …

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  • 18 stationary — adjective Date: 1626 1. fixed in a station, course, or mode ; immobile 2. unchanging in condition < a stationary population > …

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  • 19 stationary — adjective /ˈsteɪʃənəri,ˈsteɪʃənɛri/ a) Not moving. For a few moments, the train remained stationary, before lurching forward along the track. b) incapable of being moved Syn: fixed, immobile, motionless …

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  • 20 stationary — sta·tion·ary stā shə .ner ē adj 1) fixed in position: not moving 2) characterized by a lack of change <the patient s condition remained stationary> * * * sta·tion·ary (staґshən ar″e) [L. stationarius] not subject to variations or …

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