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Install \In*stall"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Installed; p. pr. & vb. n. Installing.] [F. installer, LL. installare, fr. pref. in- in + OHG. stal a place, stall, G. stall, akin to E. stall: cf. It. installare. See Stall.] [Written also instal.]

  1. To set in a seat; to give a place to; establish (one) in a place.

    She installed her guest hospitably by the fireside.
    --Sir W. Scott.

  2. To place in an office, rank, or order; to invest with any charge by the usual ceremonies; to instate; to induct; as, to install an ordained minister as pastor of a church; to install a college president.

    Unworthily Thou wast installed in that high degree.


n. (context informal English) installation. vb. 1 (context transitive English) (alternative spelling of install English) 2 (context British rare English) To pay by instalments.

  1. v. set up for use; "install the washer and dryer"; "We put in a new sink" [syn: install, put in, set up]

  2. place; "Her manager had set her up at the Ritz" [syn: install, set up, establish]

  3. [also: installing, installed]


Usage examples of "instal".

The room cleared except for Evan and Zane, as the crew went back to their duties, installing the new actuator and preparing for their bizarre errand.

Reform Bill was introduced, was defeated by the Adullamites, and the Derby-Disraeli ministry was installed.

It was something like an airlock, and it had been installed when the pollution and aeroplankton had gotten out of hand some time ago.

The amebic filtration system you installed in the drinking water conduits has kept us all safe.

Milton, Andy, with his mother and sister, was installed in a comfortable cottage.

All that, before a bottle of Chablis smoothed their way for the lobster, butter running down his thumb onto the white tablecloth, before the light and the aerator were installed and the plants submerged in the tank, before another delivery brought more bills and anonymous personalized invitations and a script indecently titled from a playwriting hopeful thirsting for production and before another rushed a lone angelfish in a plasticized transparency to take up residence among the water sprite and Ludwigia and wavering fronds of Spatterdock enveloped in silence and the eerie illumination neither day nor night, spooky was the word for it as his hand glided over her breasts, now could he feel it?

APRON OVER AN OLD SHIRT AND washed-out chinos, James Jesus Angleton was sweeping the aisles of the greenhouse he had recently installed in the back yard of his suburban Arlington house, across the Potomac from the District of Columbia and the Pickle Factory on the Reflecting Pool.

According to the analyst, there was no indication that there were antiair defenses in place, and no indication that they would be installed.

Alessandra wanted to know if the residents had renounced their antihuman stance now the wormhole detector station had been forcibly installed in the Regent mountains above the town.

Sverdlov had simply installed a framework to support his refashioned accelerator rings, antimagnetic shielding circuits, and incidental wires, tubes, grids, capacitors, transformers.

Meanwhile, Castle launched a frontal assault on the water problem by cracking down on industrial pollution, enforcing compliance with laws already on the books to eliminate poisonous industrial discharges into rivers and streams, and successfully lobbying for laws that gave tax credits to factories that installed antipollution and water-recycling equipment.

But Nadar had decreed that both balloons should depart together, and had installed an extra windlass of rope for that purpose, reasoning that a dual launch would confuse and make even more ineffectual the rifle fire from the enemy lines.

Leaving only Aleksandr Banat, who insisted that a circus needed a watchman even when it was installed in a royal park, the rest of the company rode in the wagons with the servants back to the palace and were shown, according to their station, to either dining room or kitchen.

Now at last it seemed as if Bithynia might fall into his grasp, for a year before, Socrates had come bleating to beg for asylum in Pontus, and had turned himself so thoroughly into a Mithridatic creature that the King decided he might safely be installed upon the Bithynian throne as a measure preliminary to outright invasion.

The rest of us worked inside, fixing temporary bunks to the walls and installing the permanent air-conditioning and water-recovery system, although the algae, oxygen-producing, sewage-disposal complex would have to wait until later.