sta·​tion | \ ˈstā-shən How to pronounce station (audio) \

Definition of station

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
4a : a post or sphere of duty or occupation
b : a stock farm or ranch especially of Australia or New Zealand
5 : standing, rank a woman of high station
6 : a place for specialized observation and study of scientific phenomena a seismological station a marine biological station
7 : a place established to provide a public service: such as
a(1) : fire station
b : a branch post office
9a : a complete assemblage of radio or television equipment for transmitting or receiving
b : the place in which such a station is located


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

Definition of station (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Synonyms for station

Synonyms: Noun

position, post, quarter

Synonyms: Verb

detail, post

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Examples of station in a Sentence


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.


He stationed the guards around the camp. They stationed troops at the border. He stationed himself by the door to greet the guests.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

DEL MAR Fundraiser set for Sunday at train station A community party featuring the Hot Pursuit band is set for 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday on the grass at the Del Mar Train Station, 1700 Coast Blvd. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vista Family opens new ‘Little Free Library’," 16 Aug. 2019 There was no formal presentation, but OC Parks staff members were at each station to address concerns and questions. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "OC Parks displays two possible designs to replace Mile Square Park golf course," 16 Aug. 2019 The evacuation at the Fulton Street station caused delays to multiple subway lines during the morning commute. Alex Sundby, CBS News, "New York subway station evacuated over suspicious packages - live updates," 16 Aug. 2019 At issue in this specific appeal are the conditions under which children are housed, sometimes for weeks, in holding cells at border patrol stations in Texas after they are apprehended. Fortune, "Court Dismisses Trump Admin’s Argument That Detained Child Migrants Don’t Require Personal Hygiene Items," 15 Aug. 2019 In late July, an armed mob brutally attacked civilians at a train station, yet police did not arrive until 40 minutes later, fueling suspicions of collusion with the criminal triads. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Mired in anger and hatred, Hong Kong’s “radical” protesters are seeking a way forward," 14 Aug. 2019 There's 14-channel sound at each station and lighting the whole room that's DMX controlled and interacts with all the objects. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Peaches Explains Her Body Positive, Provocative Art Exhibit In Germany," 14 Aug. 2019 This week will see the completion of work at stations on Shelby Street and Virginia Avenue. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Construction is nearly done on the Red Line. New bus routes are coming soon.," 13 Aug. 2019 Ferris was located nearby and arrested and booked at the Santa Clarita station for carjacking, Chu reported. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Vehicle recovered, man in custody after alleged La Cañada carjacking," 12 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Still, fear over the Vagos’ potential involvement led police to station a large contingent of officers outside the hospital where the wounded officers were being treated. Los Angeles Times, "Riverside shootout between cop doing his ‘dream job’ and troubled felon ends in heartbreak," 14 Aug. 2019 Many were detected by a pack of 16 feather- and skin-sniffing dogs stationed at airports and bus stations. Washington Post, "Songbirds silenced as Colombia fights wildlife trafficking," 14 Aug. 2019 Instead of having their games constantly moved from station to station under their previous radio partnership with Arizona Sports, the Coyotes can now expect to be guaranteed a spot on the dial as well as have on-demand content available digitally. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes' radio move to Fox Sports 910, iHeartMedia more than a dial change," 13 Aug. 2019 Lampard himself was actually playing for West Ham the last time that Chelsea were stationed in the drop zone, not completing his move to Stamford Bridge until July 2001., "Chelsea in Relegation Zone for First Time Since Start of the Century," 12 Aug. 2019 Ben Woroch, who went to Maine South High School, left for Cambodia on July 12 and is stationed with a host family about two hours south of Phnom Penh, according to Ruth. Jennifer Fisher,, "Park Ridge man starts Peace Corps journey in Cambodia, will teach English," 12 Aug. 2019 The 17-year-old twins left Lincoln High to join the Navy in 1938 and had been stationed at Pearl Harbor for a year and a day before the USS Oklahoma went down during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack by Japan. USA TODAY, "Smokey Bear, tarantula trek, censoring Adam and Eve: News from around our 50 states," 9 Aug. 2019 Dunse Para sat about a mile away from the nearest Rakhine settlement of about 100 households, also called Koe Tan Kauk, with a security checkpost stationed between. New York Times, "The Schoolteacher and the Genocide," 8 Aug. 2019 His family came to Alaska in 1944, when his father was stationed in Adak with the U.S. Marine Corps, according to a bio on the Alaska Senate Majority website. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage state senator Chris Birch dead after apparent heart attack," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of station


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


1685, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for station


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

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English Language Learners Definition of station

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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
old-fashioned : a person's social or official position in relation to others



English Language Learners Definition of station (Entry 2 of 2)

: to assign (someone) to a station or position
: to put (yourself) in a place and stay there for a period of time


sta·​tion | \ ˈstā-shən How to pronounce station (audio) \

Kids Definition of station

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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


stationed; stationing

Kids Definition of station (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


sta·​tion | \ ˈstā-shən How to pronounce station (audio) \

Medical Definition of station

1 : the place at which someone is positioned or is assigned to remain the nurse's station on a hospital ward
2 : the act or manner of standing : posture station was unsteady with the eyes open or closedDiseases of the Nervous System
3 : a place established to provide a service — see aid station

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