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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.


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[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 ?
For hours and hours from the almost stationary ship that hideous sight is seen.
The silvered mountains in the distance, the almost stationary moon hanging in the sky, the cacti-studded valley below me were not of Mars.
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.
Yet in our more temperate regions, in which the southward attraction is hardly felt, walking sometimes in a perfectly desolate plain where there have been no houses nor trees to guide me, I have been occasionally compelled to remain stationary for hours together, waiting till the rain came before continuing my journey.
All the marvelous conclusions they have reached about the distances, weights, movements, and deflections of the heavenly bodies are only founded on the apparent motions of the heavenly bodies about a stationary earth, on that very motion I see before me now, which has been so for millions of men during long ages, and was and will be always alike, and can always be trusted.
It is evident, on our theory, that coasts merely fringed by reefs cannot have subsided to any perceptible amount; and therefore they must, since the growth of their corals, either have remained stationary or have been upheaved.
cried stationary Elijah, hailing us when we had removed a few paces.
Bagration's exhausted and hungry detachment, which alone covered this movement of the transport and of the whole army, had to remain stationary in face of an enemy eight times as strong as itself.
But the dark patch was not stationary, it kept moving; and it was not a village but some tall stalks of wormwood sticking up through the snow on the boundary between two fields, and desperately tossing about under the pressure of the wind which beat it all to one side and whistled through it.
The stationary sun hangs forever in the center of the Pellucidarian sky--directly overhead.
The consequence clearly is that there can be no common measure of national wealth, and, of course, no general or stationary rule by which the ability of a state to pay taxes can be determined.
The felucca went on, the boat continued stationary, rocked only by the swashing waves.