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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Construction of the giant garage on the north side of the bridge began in the spring of 2017 and is now ready for a facade installation. Tonya Alanez,, "Two-block closure on Las Olas will clog beach traffic for months," 5 July 2018 Now, that system is getting ready for a more permanent installation. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "New Homeland Security system will bring facial recognition to land borders this summer," 5 June 2018 The morning's organized team activity workout was largely for installation and drills, which interestingly featured some veteran players such as wideouts Torrey Smith and Devin Funchess providing instruction for both receivers and cornerbacks. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Turners and returners, a 60-yard field goal, plus more Panthers OTAs observations," 4 June 2018 The installation of the launch for kayakers with mobililty disabilities is another project in the city’s efforts to ensure all residents have access to recreational opportunities. Kari Barnett,, "Intracoastal Waterway tour to open Boynton Beach's new kayak launch," 11 July 2018 The museum’s five different spaces are on permanent display, though the nature of digitized art means the installations will be constantly changing. Marissa Vonesh, Smithsonian, "Interactive, Digital Art Museum Opens in Tokyo," 25 June 2018 Their low-profile design creates a sleek appearance on any roofline where installation of a skylight or roof window is not possible. Dan Marshall, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Brighten your home while saving money," 24 June 2018 The installation was indeed full of surprises like living portraits, where guests could pose amidst verdant ferns, and a performance by the Battery Dance group. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside the Making of Kate Young’s Wild Garden for Maison St-Germain," 22 June 2018 An upgrade to the geothermal system (projected to cost roughly $100,000) is in the works, as is the installation of more solar panels. Harriot Manley,, "Yountville’s Bardessono resort still deeply green — just less vocal about it," 20 June 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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