stationary [stey-shuh-ner-ee] Word Origin 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.
  5. geostationary.

noun, plural sta·tion·ar·ies.

  1. 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, adjectiveCan be confusedstationary stationery British Dictionary definitions for quasi-stationary stationary adjective

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

Derived Formsstationarily, adverbstationariness, nounWord Origin for stationary C15: from Latin statiōnārius, from statiō station confusable Avoid confusion with stationery Word Origin and History for quasi-stationary 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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