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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Public art installations in the U.S. first came into vogue in big cities in the 20th century. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "What $150,000 Buys in California: Five Bathtubs Perched on Giant Stilts," 27 Jan. 2019 Friends eagerly sent along their Miami-area recommendations—this cheap taco place, that cool art installation. Sarah Firshein, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Survive That First Trip Away from Your Baby," 3 Dec. 2018 As in Milan, some commercial projects fell flat, like the art installation by architect Sou Fujimoto for winter-wear brand Canada Goose that consisted of down placed in a grid-like pattern in the store window. Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "Designart Tokyo, in second-annual event, shows promise," 27 Nov. 2018 Last year, the company rolled out an impressive faux museum to support Andy Weir’s novel Artemis, complete with a lunar art installation. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Audible brought Harry Potter’s bottled memories to life at New York Comic Con," 5 Oct. 2018 Bear witness to trips, sandstorms, and the torching of art installations on Nevada’s Playa. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: South Africa to withdraw, North Carolina to redraw," 29 Aug. 2018 The concert will be preceded by an afternoon of panel discussions and art installations. New York Times, "14 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 The city’s program of temporary art installations in the Civic Center was begun in 2005. Charles Desmarais,, "Charles Desmarais’ art pick," 5 July 2018 The Center Circle demonstration garden at Descanso Gardens welcomed a new addition Monday — an art installation designed to get people thinking about the mobility of water, in time for a new exhibition coming to the Sturt Haaga Gallery in September. Sara Cardine,, "Moving water sculpture at Descanso Gardens hints at L.A. River-themed exhibit," 4 July 2018

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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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