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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And in perhaps the most terrifying announcement, Orlando’s Creative City Project will design a realistic volcano installation. Matthew J. Palm,, "Orlando Science Center’s ‘Pompeii’ exhibit will welcome arts events," 9 July 2019 Of 510 homes tested since 2017, 22% had elevated lead levels in tap water after a meter installation, Conner said. Michael Hawthorne,, "Lightfoot pauses water meter installations after city finds spikes of brain-damaging lead in homes," 9 July 2019 Williams-Ng said the objectives were to curate a collection of works that would enhance the community of Wauwatosa, and to be a strong enough installation to become a viable tourism attraction. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Six artists from across the globe have been selected to paint murals in East Wauwatosa," 2 July 2019 Invisible Places, a citywide installation, fills in blanks where Bauhaus buildings once stood. Margo Pfeiff,, "Exploring the birthplace of Bauhaus, a German movement that changed design," 16 June 2019 The centerpiece of the event will be a multimedia installation called Hope Rises, the details of which Grammer is keeping under wraps. Caitlin Harrington, Outside Online, "A Muralist Paints the Camp Fire's Wreckage," 6 June 2019 Made for a ceiling installation, its mounting brackets were designed to fasten to joists 48 inches apart. Popular Mechanics, "To Install a Pull-Up Bar, We Built a Surfboard," 23 Mar. 2019 In one picture, the 40-year-old designer poses on a truly impressive installation of giant books festooned in green and blue balloons, offering a peek at her growing baby bump (and another enviable maternity look). Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Pregnant Joanna Gaines Celebrates Her Fifth Child With the Cutest Baby Shower Ever," 11 June 2018 The developers of Adara said that the purchasing of offsets, as well as solar installations and electric vehicle charging ports on the development, would result in an environmentally friendly project. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego supervisors narrowly approve Otay Ranch development over wildfire, climate concerns," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of installation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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