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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With guests and models all wearing pieces reminiscent of our old school uniforms, the designer's installation was both nostalgic and tongue-in-cheek. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Met Stranger Things at Thom Browne's NYFW Show," 8 Sep. 2019 When the installation was finally complete, Jo put the finishing touches with signature merchandise. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "You’ve Got to See How Joanna Gaines Created Magnolia Market’s New Fall Display," 30 Aug. 2019 Another installation is also available for viewing at a vacant storefront on the corner of 30th Street and El Cajon Boulevard in North Park. San Diego Union-Tribune, "City Heights mural depicts Vietnamese refugee stories," 28 Aug. 2019 That installation alone is 114-feet-long and 26-feet tall. Doreen Christensen,, "Bedazzling ‘Luminosa’ at Jungle Island will feature a million tiny lights and giant Chinese lanterns," 23 Aug. 2019 At Palm Crest, a sewer line installation was nearly complete, taking the campus off a decades-old septic system. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada Unified students receive warm welcome to 2019-20 school year," 15 Aug. 2019 The installation is the Navy's largest single landholding, representing 85% of the Navy's land for Research, Development, Acquisition, Test and Evaluation (RDAT&E) use and 38% of the Navy's land holdings worldwide. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Pilot dead in Navy fighter jet crash in California's Death Valley National Park," 1 Aug. 2019 The installations will be on view from August 24 through December 1. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Exhibit Columbus design interventions will highlight—and reimagine—city’s landmark sites," 26 July 2019 What does, however, is how outrageously funny the installation is in places. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Cate Blanchett Dons 13 Guises in This Daring Art Installation," 26 July 2019

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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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