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a. Not moving.
b. Not capable of being moved; fixed.
2. Unchanging: a stationary sound.
n. pl. sta·tion·ar·ies
One that is stationary.

[Middle English stacionarie, from Old French stationnaire, from Medieval Latin statiōnārius, from Latin, belonging to a military station, from statiō, statiōn-, station; see station.]


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
[C15: from Latin statiōnārius, from statiō station]
ˈstationarily adv
ˈstationariness n
Usage: Avoid confusion with stationery


(ˈsteɪ ʃəˌnɛr i)

adj., n., pl. ar•ies 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.
5. a person or thing that is stationary.
[1400–50; < Latin statiōnārius. See station, -ary]



Stationary and stationery are both pronounced /'steɪʃənəri/. However, their meanings are completely different.

1. 'stationary'

Stationary is an adjective. If a vehicle is stationary, it is not moving.

There was a stationary car in the middle of the street.
Only use the handbrake when your vehicle is stationary.
2. 'stationery'

Stationery is a noun. It refers to paper, envelopes, pens, and other equipment used for writing.

They sell books and stationery.
Get some envelopes from the office stationery cupboard.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.stationary - standing still; "the car remained stationary with the engine running"
nonmoving, unmoving - not in motion
2.stationary - not capable of being moved; "stationary machinery"
fixed - securely placed or fastened or set; "a fixed piece of wood"; "a fixed resistor"


adjective motionless, standing, at a standstill, parked, fixed, moored, static, inert, unmoving, stock-still The train was stationary for 90 minutes.
moving, travelling, mobile, shifting, variable, volatile, unstable, changeable, inconstant
Usage: This word, which is always an adjective, is occasionally wrongly used where `paper products' are meant: in the stationery (not stationary) cupboard.


مُتَوَقِّف، مُسْتَقِر


[ˈsteɪʃənərɪ] ADJinmóvil; (= not movable) → parado, estacionario
to remain stationaryquedarse inmóvil


[ˈsteɪʃənəri] adj [car, traffic] → à l'arrêtstation break n (US)page f de publicité


adj (= not moving) carparkend attr, → haltend attr; (= not movable)fest (→ stehend attr); (Space, Comput etc) → stationär; to be stationary (vehicles) → stehen; (traffic, fig) → stillstehen; to remain stationarysich nicht bewegen; (traffic) → stillstehen


[ˈsteɪʃnrɪ] adj (gen) → fermo/a, immobile; (vehicle) → in sosta; (temperature, condition) → stazionario/a; (not movable) → fisso/a
to remain stationary → rimanere fermo/a
stationary point (Math) → punto di stazionarietà


(ˈsteiʃən) noun
1. a place with a ticket office, waiting rooms etc, where trains, buses or coaches stop to allow passengers to get on or off. a bus station; She arrived at the station in good time for her train.
2. a local headquarters or centre of work of some kind. How many fire-engines are kept at the fire station?; a radio station; Where is the police station?; military/naval stations.
3. a post or position (eg of a guard or other person on duty). The watchman remained at his station all night.
to put (a person, oneself, troops etc in a place or position to perform some duty). He stationed himself at the corner of the road to keep watch; The regiment is stationed abroad.
ˈstationary adjective
standing still, not moving. a stationary vehicle.


a. estacionario-a, estacionado-a, que permanece en una posición fija.
References in classic literature ?
The fact that a somewhat dilapidated blue one remained stationary above the unprotected bonnet attracted her attention, and looking up, she saw Mr.
Just as Alice veiled her eyes in horror, under the impression that they were about to be swept within the vortex at the foot of the cataract, the canoe floated, stationary, at the side of a flat rock, that lay on a level with the water.
cried stationary Elijah, hailing us when we had removed a few paces.
For hours and hours from the almost stationary ship that hideous sight is seen.
It was a defective barometer, and had no hand but the stationary brass pointer, but I did not know that until afterward.
She has now been a longer time stationary there, than she ever was before, and she begins to want change.
But her ingenuity was at work to remedy the injury: while I ironed, or pursued other such stationary employments as I could not well do in the parlour, she would bring some pleasant volume and read it aloud to me.
I well remember though, how the distant idea of the holidays, after seeming for an immense time to be a stationary speck, began to come towards us, and to grow and grow.
Soothed by my exertions, my method, and Herbert's compliments, I would sit with his symmetrical bundle and my own on the table before me among the stationary, and feel like a Bank of some sort, rather than a private individual.
But while opinion concerning him had remained nearly stationary, and his daily habits had presented scarcely any visible change, Marner's inward life had been a history and a metamorphosis, as that of every fervid nature must be when it has fled, or been condemned, to solitude.
Having expressed himself thus confidently, he reined his horse backward down the slope which he had ascended, and compelled him in the same manner to move backward through the lists, till he reached the northern extremity, where he remained stationary, in expectation of his antagonist.
In the orchestra stalls, the drugget covering them looked like an angry sea, whose glaucous waves had been suddenly rendered stationary by a secret order from the storm phantom, who, as everybody knows, is called Adamastor.