Meaning of STATIONARY in English


sta ‧ tion ‧ a ‧ ry /ˈsteɪʃən ə ri $ -neri/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: stationarius , from statio ; ⇨ ↑ station 1 ]

standing still instead of moving:

How did you manage to drive into a stationary vehicle?

► Do not confuse with the noun stationery (=writing materials such as paper).

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■ not moving

▪ still not moving – use this especially about people who are not moving, or about places where there is no wind:

There was no wind and the trees were completely still.


Keep still while I tie your shoes.

▪ stationary not moving – use this about cars, trains, or objects:

The truck swerved and hit a stationary vehicle.

▪ immobile not moving or not able to move, especially because of fear or tiredness:

As the disease progressed, she became increasingly immobile.

▪ motionless completely still – used especially in literature:

Kemp sat motionless as the verdict was read.

▪ calm not moving because there is no wind – use this about air and water:

The lake was calm.

▪ be at a standstill if traffic is at a standstill it is not moving:

Traffic was at a standstill on the motorway.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.