Stationary Sta"tion*a*ry (-[asl]*r[y^]), a. [L. stationarius: cf. F. stationnaire. Cf. {Stationer}.] 1. Not moving; not appearing to move; stable; fixed. [1913 Webster]

Charles Wesley, who is a more stationary man, does not believe the story. --Southey. [1913 Webster]

2. Not improving or getting worse; not growing wiser, greater, better, more excellent, or the contrary. [1913 Webster]

3. Appearing to be at rest, because moving in the line of vision; not progressive or retrograde, as a planet. [1913 Webster]

{Stationary air} (Physiol.), the air which under ordinary circumstances does not leave the lungs in respiration.

{Stationary engine}. (a) A steam engine that is permanently placed, in distinction from a portable engine, locomotive, marine engine, etc. Specifically: (b) A factory engine, in distinction from a blowing, pumping, or other kind of engine which is also permanently placed. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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