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stationary

[stey-shuh-ner-ee] /ˈsteɪ ʃəˌnɛr i/
adjective
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 market price has remained stationary for a week.
noun, plural stationaries.
6.
a person or thing that is stationary.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin statiōnārius. See station, -ary
Related forms
nonstationary, adjective, noun, plural nonstationaries.
quasi-stationary, adjective
unstationary, adjective
Can be confused
stationary, stationery.
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British Dictionary definitions for stationary

stationary

/ˈsteɪʃənərɪ/
adjective
1.
not moving; standing still
2.
not able to be moved
3.
showing no change: the doctors said his condition was stationary
4.
tending to remain in one place
Derived Forms
stationarily, adverb
stationariness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin statiōnārius, from statiōstation
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Word Origin and History for stationary
adj.

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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