Etymology
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stationary (adj.)

late 14c., stacionarie, "having no apparent motion" (in reference to planets), from Old French stacioonaire "motionless" and directly from Latin stationarius, from the stem of statio "a standing, post, job, position" (see station (n.)). Meaning "unmovable" is from 1620s. In classical Latin, stationarius is recorded only in the sense "of a military station;" the word for "stationary, steady" being statarius.

Origin and meaning of stationary

updated on October 13, 2021

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Definitions of stationary from WordNet

stationary (adj.)
standing still;
the car remained stationary with the engine running
stationary (adj.)
not capable of being moved;
stationary machinery
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