Examples of stationary in a Sentence
- Einstein imagined a beam of light piercing the elevator. If the elevator were rising relative to the source of light, the beam would enter at a certain height on one side of the elevator and appear to curve on its way to a lower height on the opposite wall. Einstein then imagined that the elevator were stationary on the surface of the earth. Since he postulated that the two circumstances are the same, Einstein concluded that the same effect would have to hold true for both. In other words, gravity must bend light. —Smithsonian, June 2005
- By pushing the keys with the side of his fist and pushing foot pedals, the player transfers mechanical force to clappers, which strike the stationary bells, which are tuned to specific notes. —Douglas Martin, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2003
- And while atomic reactors and chemical storage facilities are the sort of stationary targets that invite bombing, bioweapons laboratory materials are small enough to be put in a truck and moved to another location. —Gregg Easterbrook, New Republic, 25 Feb. 2002
The weather front has remained stationary over the Southeast.
a stationary bicycle is good for exercise, but you won't enjoy the scenery very much
Recent Examples of stationary from the Web
The driver of the car that struck the stationary police car — which had its flashing lights activated — was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol.
That's why engineering student Ronan Byrne invented Cyxflix, a stationary bike that controls your Netflix stream.
Think of umbrella strollers and the cheap version of your childhood—a matchstick metal frame, low stationary handles, wobbly wheels—might come to mind.
While the Bahamas is comprised of over 700 islands and cays in total, Nassau and Paradise Island alone are enough to fill an upscale itinerary for both the stationary and the adventurous.
My idea of a dream vacation, on the other hand, includes something stationary, bug-free, and preferably with gourmet in-room dining.
Adding VR to a rollercoaster does, however, present challenges beyond those involved when the headset wearer is either stationary or using his own muscles to move around.
Helmets are glossy and stationary, which is good for shaky amateur iPhone photographers.
Kline wouldn’t detail what’s been found except that GPS records suggest the boat was stationary for 30 to 40 minutes the afternoon police believe Karen Leclair really disappeared into the lake.
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stationary or stationery?
The Internet is awash with mnemonics (“something (such as a word, a sentence, or a song) that helps people remember something“) designed to assist those who have trouble distinguishing between two similar words. A fair share of these turn out to be for the words stationery and stationary. The most commonly suggested method is to remember that you buy papER at a stationERy store. If this trick does not work for you, then perhaps it will help to remember that a stationery store is one that is run by a stationer. This word was originally applied to a bookseller, but by the middle of the 17th century it began to be used for a person who sells papers, pens, and office goods.
Synonymsimmobile, nonmoving, standing, static, in place
Antonymsmobile, movable (or moveable), moving, nonstationary
Related Wordsimmotile, immovable, irremovable, nonmotile, unmovable; frozen, motionless, moveless, stagnant, still; stuck, unbudging, wedged; fast, rooted, steadfast
Near Antonymsmotile; adjustable, flexible, modular; displaceable, portable, removable (also removeable), transferable (also transferrable), transportable; unbalanced, unstable, unsteady
STATIONARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stationary for English Language Learners
: not moving : staying in one place or position
: not changing
STATIONARY Defined for Kids
medical Definition of stationary
- the patient's condition remained stationary
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