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noun sta·tion \ˈstā-shən\

Simple Definition of station

  • : a place where buses, trains, etc., regularly stop so that passengers can get on and off

  • : a place where someone does a job or waits for a task

  • : a person's social or official position in relation to others

Full Definition of station

  1. 1a :  the place or position in which something or someone stands or is assigned to stand or remainb :  any of the places in a manufacturing operation at which one part of the work is donec :  equipment used usually by one person for performing a particular job

  2. 2 :  the act or manner of standing :  posture

  3. 3 :  a stopping place: asa (1) :  a regular stopping place in a transportation route <a bus station> (2) :  the building connected with such a stopping place :  depot 3b :  one of the stations of the cross

  4. 4a :  a post or sphere of duty or occupationb :  a stock farm or ranch especially of Australia or New Zealand

  5. 5 :  standing, rank <a woman of high station>

  6. 6 :  a place for specialized observation and study of scientific phenomena <a seismological station> <a marine biological station>

  7. 7 :  a place established to provide a public service: asa (1) :  fire station (2) :  police stationb :  a branch post office

  8. 8 :  gas station

  9. 9a :  a complete assemblage of radio or television equipment for transmitting or receivingb :  the place in which such a station is located

Examples of station

  1. They drove him to the bus station.

  2. The waiters were at their stations in the dining room.

  3. The sailors were ordered to man their battle stations.

  4. He had married above his station.

  5. They were aware of her station in life.

Origin of station

Middle English stacioun, from Anglo-French estation, statiun, from Latin station-, statio, from stare to stand — more at stand

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with station



transitive verb sta·tion

Simple Definition of station

  • : to assign (someone) to a station or position

  • : to put (yourself) in a place and stay there for a period of time

Full Definition of station

sta·tionedsta·tion·ing play \ˈstā-sh(ə-)niŋ\

  1. :  to assign to or set in a station or position :  post <station a guard at the door>

Examples of station

  1. He stationed the guards around the camp.

  2. They stationed troops at the border.

  3. He stationed himself by the door to greet the guests.


First Known Use of station


STATION Defined for Kids



noun sta·tion \ˈstā-shən\

Definition of station

  1. 1 :  a regular stopping place (as on a bus, train, or subway line) :  depot

  2. 2 :  a place for specialized observation or for a public service <weather station> <police station>

  3. 3 :  a collection of or the place that contains radio or television equipment for transmitting or receiving

  4. 4 :  1position 5, rank <a person of high station>

  5. 5 :  the place or position where a person or thing stands or is assigned to stand or remain <Don't leave your station.>

  6. 6 :  a post or area of duty <military station>



verb sta·tion

Definition of station


  1. :  to assign to or set in a post or position :  post <… these two crafty women stationed themselves at the front gate … and started charging everyone for coming in. — Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach>

Medical Dictionary


noun sta·tion \ˈstā-shən\

Medical Definition of station

  1. 1:  the place at which someone is positioned or is assigned to remain <the nurse's station on a hospital ward>

  2. 2:  the act or manner of standing :  posture <station was unsteady with the eyes open or closed—Diseases of the Nervous System>

  3. 3:  a place established to provide a service—see aid station

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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