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 Solar power installation in Baltimore County has been controversial. Taylor Deville,, "Baltimore County executive Johnny Olszewski sets goal of using 100% renewable energy for operations by 2026," 21 Apr. 2021 Mayor Buddy Dyer says the city is also developing land use codes that will require future parking facilities to either have charging stations or be wired up with power conduits to facilitate easy installation in the future. NBC News, "Recharged: How the U.S. is trying to make up lost ground on electric vehicles," 20 Apr. 2021 There's a big gym and a decent pool and pool house -- and homemade honey to harvest, courtesy of former second lady Karen Pence's installation of a beehive in 2017. Kate Bennett, CNN, "The second couple settles in after a stressful start to their life in Washington," 13 Apr. 2021 Norfolk — home the largest naval installation in the world — is a particularly dramatic example. Washington Post, "Facing sweltering soldiers and flooded ports, NATO to focus on climate change," 23 Mar. 2021 An image of Popper’s installation in Mexico in 2018, for example, show a female figure with her chest opened and greenery where her vital organs might be. Doug George,, "Farewell trolls, but the upcoming ‘Human+Nature’ will bring big art back to Morton Arboretum," 21 Mar. 2021 Bobby Sager created an art installation of some of his Chelsea Hotel doors in his three-floor home in a Boston high-rise. Rima Suqi, WSJ, "When the Chelsea Hotel’s Doors Were Auctioned Off, These Homeowners Came Knocking," 18 Mar. 2021 Soldiers stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson — the Army-Air Force installation in Anchorage — will also be getting the shades, Lange said. Wyatt Olson, Anchorage Daily News, "Army installs blackout shades at Fort Wainwright to boost quality of life — and potentially reduce suicide risk," 11 Mar. 2021 Regardless of what the city finally decides about its memorial to victims of racial violence, Dr. Keaton and his Remembering Black Dallas are close to getting at least two Texas Historical Commission markers for installation in Martyrs Park. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Why Dallas doesn’t have a memorial to victims of racial violence three years after City Council called for one," 5 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of installation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 May 2021

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“Installation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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