Meaning of stationary, and comparison with homonym: stationery
- Fixed in position, or mode : immobile.
- Unchanging in condition or character.
... The word is sometimes confused with (SPAM LINK REMOVED), meaning paper or office supplies. However also see [stationary word origin (SPAM LINK REMOVED), which proposes "stationary" as the original spelling and is also the most common (mis)spelling today. However, the original meaning of "stationary" was: "the place where stationery is kept", similar to the meaning of infirmary, which is where to find infirm (persons).” —This unsigned comment was added by Davd (talk • contribs) at 19:17, 24 January 2007 (UTC).
- Stationery has been spelt with a "e" since 1767, so I think we'll stick with correct modern spelling. In fact, it derives from stationer. Dbfirs 08:09, 14 June 2015 (UTC)
Sedentary and settled
Could some you native speakers of English, give your opinion on the words sedentary and settled whether they can be added to the list of synonyms under the definition of "not moving". The case I'm thinking is when nomadic people settled down, their way of life became sedentary, so is it possible that stationary could be used as a synonym in this case? Another case would be that someone has a stationary lifestyle and therefore has gained weight. Could the expression sedentary lifestyle be used in this case? --220.127.116.11 14:50, 15 March 2011 (UTC)