in·​stal·​la·​tion | \ ˌin(t)-stə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce installation (audio) \

Definition of installation

1 : the act of installing : the state of being installed
2 : something that is installed for use
3 : a military camp, fort, or base
4 : a work of art that usually consists of multiple components often in mixed media and that is exhibited in a usually large space in an arrangement specified by the artist

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Examples of installation in a Sentence

The cable company offers lower prices and free installation. These products are designed for easy installation. Her installation as president will take place tomorrow. The room contained the company's large computer installation.
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Recent Examples on the Web Divecha works exclusively with white paper and is known for her large and small textured installations, multidimensional paper sculptures and other curious pieces. Flora Tsapovsky,, "4 Bay Area artists find shelter from coronavirus crisis in creating. You can too," 7 May 2020 In fact, Haftar holds sway over the country’s east and many Libyan cities as well as most of its key oil installations. Onur Ant,, "Erdogan Warns Russian Mercenaries in Libya Paid by Abu Dhabi," 29 Apr. 2020 As Auburn has progressed with its offensive installation, Nix has worked those newer plays and set into his routine. Tom Green |, al, "No spring practice ‘kind of hurts,’ but Bo Nix adapting as he learns Chad Morris’ offense remotely," 9 Apr. 2020 The Army said all senior commanders are now required to establish isolation and quarantine facilities on their installations. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Army Corps of Engineers plans 'ICU-like' facilities across 13 states, including 10,000 beds in New York," 20 Mar. 2020 Those who aren’t moving must still remain close to their installations. Steve Devane And Rachael Riley, USA TODAY, "'It just impacts us all': Military families try to cope with coronavirus travel restrictions," 16 Mar. 2020 The Altima has handled them effortlessly, thanks to our installation of a set of OE-size Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 snow tires ($1285 for the four). Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "We'd Like Our Nissan Altima More If It Were Quicker," 6 Feb. 2020 The group is hoping its installation can refocus attention on immigration, given the lack of consideration the issue has received in the presidential race recently. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "#DontLookAway: Immigrants Rights Group RAICES Texas Installed Cages Containing Models of Kids Outside Iowa Caucus Sites," 3 Feb. 2020 Its minimalist installation was built on a former military base. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Check out these cool 'must see' Texas art works on your Spring break road trip," 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of installation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of installation was in the 15th century

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21 May 2020

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“Installation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of installation

: the act or process of making a machine, a service, etc., ready to be used in a certain place : the act of installing something
: a ceremony in which someone is put in an official or important job
: something (such as a piece of equipment) that is put together and made ready for use


in·​stal·​la·​tion | \ ˌin-stə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce installation (audio) \

Kids Definition of installation

1 : the act of putting something in place for use : the state of being put in place for use
2 : something put in place for use

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