Definition of stationary
- a stationary population
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
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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.
on an even keel (also on even keel);
: not moving : staying in one place or position
: not changing
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