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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The Sierra Club funded their installation in 1919, and the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps replaced the original ones 15 years later. Kimberly Veklerov,, "Yosemite’s Half Dome summit to reopen to hikers with cable installation," 5 June 2019 Since its installation required technical skill and lots of time, the material became a sign of opulence in grand houses. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Parquet Flooring: What Exactly Is it?," 15 Apr. 2019 Traditional virtual machines have their own operating system installation stored on a virtual disk image, and that operating system must be updated and maintained separately from the host operating system. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft unveils Windows Sandbox: Run any app in a disposable virtual machine," 19 Dec. 2018 Part of the agenda with my installations is to give people the ability to imagine a different future with these machines. James Vincent, The Verge, "Teaching robots body language offers common ground for humans and machines," 11 Nov. 2018 Pompeo is scheduled to have dinner Tuesday night with the crown prince, who is known both for his attempts to reform and modernize the kingdom, but also for a wave of arrests and executions that followed his installation as the heir to his father. Carol Morello, The Seattle Times, "In Saudi Arabia, few signs of a crisis as Pompeo and Saudi officials exchange pleasantries," 16 Oct. 2018 Hogancamp filled his art installation with dolls inspired by not only himself and his friends, but also his attackers. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "The Trailer for Steve Carell’s New Movie ‘Welcome to Marwen’ Is Making People Sob," 25 July 2018 Each room has its own lighting installation—fluorescent tubes cut across the walls and ceilings in patterns and shapes that echo the theater’s theme. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "In new Berlin cinema, every theater is a glowing piece of art," 24 July 2018 His installation on the Supreme Court will test whether that is really possible. The Economist, "Brett Kavanaugh could shape the law for the next 40 years," 12 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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