in·​stal·​la·​tion | \ ˌin(t)-stə-ˈlā-shən \

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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Designed as an indoor-outdoor hotel, the contemporary space is adorned in modern art installations from the hotel owner’s private collection as well as photographs from Mexican artists such as Eduardo Zaylan. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to Visiting San Miguel de Allende," 7 Jan. 2019 Tania Bruguera, who now has an installation on display at London’s Tate Modern, and a group of fellow artists were detained before staging a protest in front of Cuba’s Culture Ministry this month. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "‘Absolute Control’: Cuba Steps Up Artistic Censorship," 25 Dec. 2018 Manuel Oliver, whose son, Joaquin Oliver, was among those killed in Parkland, will perform an installation of urban art. Kate Santich,, "March For Our Lives students bring national tour to Lake Eola," 12 July 2018 Past the candles is a coffee shop, and a gathering space with bleachers padded with artificial turf and an installation with flowers blooming across a rainbow word cloud. New York Times, "Breaking the Binary," 11 July 2018 Buy Photo In her 20 years creating exhibitions for Philadelphia International Airport, Leah Douglas has faced plenty of pressure from fans to curate an installation featuring the Philadelphia Eagles. Courtney Becker,, "Eagles exhibit at Philly airport lets fans relive Super Bowl victory," 26 June 2018 Marnell said executives see the dome as an art installation and noted the art on every Viking ship is a little different. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New Viking Cruises ship boasts high-tech planetarium," 14 June 2018 The station was an active military installation for fleet aviation activities between the 1930s and 1990s. Kimberly Veklerov, San Francisco Chronicle, "Development begins at Alameda base that used troubled nuclear cleanup contractor," 23 May 2018 Taylor and Bricken plan to mount an art installation in the windows of that space, timeline TBA. Mary Colurso,, "Cool Spaces: This live-work building in Crestwood makes artists' dreams come true," 19 Apr. 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 \

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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