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the car remained stationary with the engine running
  standing still; or not capable of being moved
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Strongly Associated with:   stationery
Word Confusion:  This is commonly confused with stationery; i.e., paper for writing letters. The words are pronounced identically, so be sure to note the spelling. It might help to remember which is which, by thinking "First sit still; then write."
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  • the car remained stationary with the engine running
  • They stood raggedly, and the soldiers herded them toward the two stationary boxcars.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • Two soccer players commandeered the stationary bikes.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Across the street, the green blobs of light are stationary, clustered together as if locked in conversation.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave

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  • Three large clumps of stationary dots hover on the right side of the screen: the sleeping.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Now, do these cameras have to be stationary?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • On top of it, the gargoyles remained stationary.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • They touched swords, and the man in black immediately began the Agrippa defense, which Inigo felt was sound, considering the rocky terrain, for the Agrippa kept the feet stationary at first, and made the chances of slipping minimal.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • I eventually learned the moving and stationary parts, the chemistry of oils and solutions, tool and grindwheel and magnifying techniques.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • And meanwhile the art of war has remained almost stationary for thirty or forty years.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • The land rolled like great stationary ground swells.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Fix remained stationary in the same place, but did not sleep.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The only completely stationary object in the room was an enormous couch on which two young women were buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Louie scrounged up parachute cord and went to each injured man, looping cord around him as a belt, then wrapping the rope around stationary parts of the plane.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Milkman fantasized too, but not for the stationary things Guitar described.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • "Mental," Ron sighed, shaking his head at the completely stationary soccer players.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The colossal speed had been their own, relative to the glow of light which was a stationary hole in the ground, the mouth of the tunnel.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • "Holloa!" cried stationary Elijah, hailing us when we had removed a few paces.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Now, as Langdon approached the stationary escalators, he paused, realizing Fache was no longer beside him.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Hound had turned, clenching him in its metal-plier jaws, and trotted off in darkness, while the camera remained stationary, watching the creature dwindle in the distance—a splendid fade-out!
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • While I waited for him, I stared up at the two stars I could see and let my head slowly become stationary.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Bagration’s exhausted and hungry detachment, which alone covered this movement of the transport and of the whole army, had to remain stationary in face of an enemy eight times as strong as itself.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Exhausted but too buzzed to sleep, I pulled out some stationary: Dearest Adam, Always great to hear from you.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • Harry did not like being stationary; walking had given the illusion that they had a goal.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • It was a stationary object.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • A faint rattling noise was coming from them, even though they were completely stationary.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • But her ingenuity was at work to remedy the injury: while I ironed, or pursued other such stationary employments as I could not well do in the parlour, she would bring some pleasant volume and read it aloud to me.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • After this it would seem that the three took counsel together and halted, and the scouts who were watching them report that they remained absolutely stationary for the next half hour.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • She has now been a longer time stationary there, than she ever was before, and she begins to want change.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Sometimes Ender had only a single starship and eight fighters; once the enemy dodged through an asteroid belt; sometimes the enemy left stationary traps, large installations that blew up if Ender brought one of his squadrons too close, often crippling or destroying some of Ender’s ships.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Was it in motion, or stationary on the surface of the ocean, or sinking into the depths?
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The rock crystal forms mounted in such eloquent steps that the building did not seem stationary, but moving upward in a continuous flow—until one realized that it was only the movement of one’s glance and that one’s glance was forced to move in that particular rhythm.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Soothed by my exertions, my method, and Herbert’s compliments, I would sit with his symmetrical bundle and my own on the table before me among the stationary, and feel like a Bank of some sort, rather than a private individual.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Possibly the checks they had devised for the increase of population had succeeded too well, and their numbers had rather diminished than kept stationary.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • "In combat your enemy won’t be stationary," he said now, looking the boy in the eye.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Just as Alice veiled her eyes in horror, under the impression that they were about to be swept within the vortex at the foot of the cataract, the canoe floated, stationary, at the side of a flat rock, that lay on a level with the water.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The fact that a somewhat dilapidated blue one remained stationary above the unprotected bonnet attracted her attention, and looking up, she saw Mr. Bhaer looking down.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • I like to be stationary.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • But life is not stationary.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • It was the only living thing in sight except for a stationary cloud of hysterical gnats suspended in the heat above the road.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • For two hours and twenty-two minutes Roy remained as stationary as a plaster statue on that mountainside, until one of his teachers found him and led him safely back to the group.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • These include the stationary rotor elements and spanner units going to mark twelve.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • When he had gone, she felt as if the motion of time were an oppressive weight in the stillness of the house, like a stationary, half-solid mass slithering slowly into some faint elongation by a tempo that left her no measure to know whether minutes had passed or hours.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • This is an advantage itinerant preachers have over those who are stationary, as the latter can not well improve their delivery of a sermon by so many rehearsals.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Either the car is moving or it’s stationary.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But it was stationary; and as the gentleman advanced into the light, I saw that he was some years older than when he had had his picture painted.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Before daylight we were stalled again and when it was light we were at a little rise in the ground and I saw the road of the retreat stretched out far ahead, everything stationary except for the infantry filtering through.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • Yonville-l’Abbaye has remained stationary in spite of its "new outlet."
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • I couldn’t altogether make out why, myself, as we were not stationary here, being but comers and goers anywhere.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • But while opinion concerning him had remained nearly stationary, and his daily habits had presented scarcely any visible change, Marner’s inward life had been a history and a metamorphosis, as that of every fervid nature must be when it has fled, or been condemned, to solitude.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
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