station

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noun

sta·​tion ˈstā-shən How to pronounce station (audio)
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a
: the place or position in which something or someone stands or is assigned to stand or remain
b
: any of the places in a manufacturing operation at which one part of the work is done
c
: equipment used usually by one person for performing a particular job
2
: the act or manner of standing : posture
3
: a stopping place: such as
a(1)
: a regular stopping place in a transportation route
a bus station
(2)
: the building connected with such a stopping place : depot sense 3
b
: one of the stations of the cross
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a
: a post or sphere of duty or occupation
b
: a stock farm or ranch especially of Australia or New Zealand
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: standing, rank
a woman of high station
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: a place for specialized observation and study of scientific phenomena
a seismological station
a marine biological station
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: a place established to provide a public service: such as
a(1)
b
: a branch post office
8
9
a
: a complete assemblage of radio or television equipment for transmitting or receiving
b
: the place in which such a station is located

station

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verb

stationed; stationing ˈstā-sh(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce station (audio)

transitive verb

: to assign to or set in a station or position : post entry 7
station a guard at the door

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Synonyms

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Example Sentences

Noun They drove him to the bus station. The waiters were at their stations in the dining room. The sailors were ordered to man their battle stations. He had married above his station. They were aware of her station in life. Verb He stationed the guards around the camp. They stationed troops at the border. He stationed himself by the door to greet the guests. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Then the website for his independent Russian station, Dozhd, was blocked amid rumors of an imminent police raid. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2022 As an extension of Dorchester, an ancient market town that dates back to Roman times, Poundbury does not have its own train station. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 24 Sep. 2022 Even a lead detective couldn’t get a seat in his own station. Chicago Tribune, 22 Sep. 2022 The Boston Landing campus also has its own eponymous Commuter Rail station, funded by New Balance owner and chairman Jim Davis. Catherine Carlock, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Sep. 2022 The Essential plan is $4.99 per month, while the Premium plan, which includes games that air on your local CBS station, is $9.99 per month. Maddie Topliff, EW.com, 19 Sep. 2022 But when a Boeing 767 struck the north tower that morning, the firefighter shot over to his station before hurrying to the World Trade Center. Megan Myers, Fox News, 11 Sep. 2022 The Baltimore Police Department’s Western District, with its station one of the locations where water samples tested positive for E. coli, accounted for about 18% of the city’s more than 300 homicides last year. Scott Dance, Baltimore Sun, 10 Sep. 2022 For his station, complying with such expectations can be tricky. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2022
Verb
Authorities in Taiwan and Hong Kong have gone so far as to station workers at airports to question people emigrating for work and to warn them about overseas employment scams. Cezary Podkul, ProPublica, 13 Sep. 2022 Russia has threatened to station ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons on its border if Sweden and Finland are allowed to join NATO. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 Also absent from the paper was a previous pledge not to station Chinese troops or administrative personnel in Taiwan. Vivian Wang, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Aug. 2022 Days 11 and 12 will be spent at sea, allowing the ship to station itself directly in the path of the eclipse. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 22 Aug. 2022 To shield the detectors from unwanted radiation, physicists station them in laboratories deep inside mountains or underground in former mines. Sophia Chen, Wired, 2 Aug. 2022 On July 28, Jupiter will station retrograde in bold Aries — the exact same day as the new moon in Leo — and its backwards dance will continue on until November 23. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 28 July 2022 Studios will open their doors, and vendors will station themselves inside the building for an evening full of art, music, food and fun. Annie Nickoloff, cleveland, 14 July 2022 Most states station the office of the climatologist at public universities, independent of the executive branch, but some, such as California and Georgia, categorize their climatologists as underneath another administrative agency. Kate Selig, BostonGlobe.com, 10 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1685, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of station was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near station

Cite this Entry

“Station.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/station. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

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noun

sta·​tion ˈstā-shən How to pronounce station (audio)
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: a regular stopping place (as on a bus, train, or subway line) : depot
2
: a place for specialized observation or for a public service
weather station
police station
3
: a collection of or the place that contains radio or television equipment for transmitting or receiving
4
: position entry 1 sense 5, rank
a person of high station
5
: the place or position where a person or thing stands or is assigned to stand or remain
Don't leave your station.
6
: a post or area of duty
military station

station

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verb

stationed; stationing
: 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 Definition

station

noun

sta·​tion ˈstā-shən How to pronounce station (audio)
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: the place at which someone is positioned or is assigned to remain
the nurse's station on a hospital ward
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: the act or manner of standing : posture
station was unsteady with the eyes open or closed Diseases of the Nervous System
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: a place established to provide a service see aid station

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