Stationary

Definition of Stationary

Sta´tion`a`ry   Pronunciation: ~rĭz
a.1.Not moving; not appearing to move; stable; fixed.
Charles Wesley, who is a more stationary man, does not believe the story.
- Southey.
2.Not improving or getting worse; not growing wiser, greater, better, more excellent, or the contrary.
3.Appearing to be at rest, because moving in the line of vision; not progressive or retrograde, as a planet.
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.
b - A factory engine, in distinction from a blowing, pumping, or other kind of engine which is also permanently placed.
n.1.One who, or that which, is stationary, as a planet when apparently it has neither progressive nor retrograde motion.

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