sta·tion | \ ˈstā-shən \

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

(2) : police 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 \

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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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

The two thought the train was going to stop again on the other side of town, according to the station. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "Train-hoppers call 911 clinging to locomotive: ‘It’s going really, really fast!’," 12 July 2018 The troopers asked them to come back to the station and pose for photos. Chris Brodeur,, "UConn Professor Chronicles Rocky Marciano's Rise Set Against Boxing's Murky Underworld," 12 July 2018 Officers ask residents to fill out a police report detailing the theft and then come to the station with a report number and a driver's license. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "'Gnome bandit' accused of Highlands thefts arrested in Georgia," 10 July 2018 Webster came back to the station the following day and Los Angeles police took her into custody, authorities said. Alejandra Reyes-velarde,, "Mother accused of abandoning 6-year-old son at L.A.'s Union Station pleads not guilty," 10 July 2018 Not enough electric charging stations yet available. Matthew Scott, Outside Online, "The Electric Jaguar I-Pace Can Go Off-Road," 9 July 2018 While at least one news station reported that the woman had been told by an expert that the bite came from a great white shark, Turvey said that could not yet be determined. Gary Warth,, "Three possible shark sightings reported off Oceanside in past week," 3 July 2018 The festival includes three EMS stations, each with its own misting area for festival-goers to cool off. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "'Just the details' left in preparations for Naperville Ribfest's July 4 opening day," 3 July 2018 Investigators discovered a pair of suitcases at a nearby train station, loaded with money, clothing without labels, eight fake passports, and some other objects, only to have the case abruptly closed. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A cold case is reopened in the BBC and NRK’s podcast Death in Ice Valley," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Saucier pleaded guilty in 2016 to unauthorized detention of defense information for taking photos inside the USS Alexandria while it was stationed in Groton, Conn., in 2009. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Ex-Navy sailor pardoned by Trump files suit against Obama, Comey for failure to prosecute Hillary Clinton," 10 July 2018 Now, 23, her son graduated high school in Puerto Rico and joined the U.S. Army, where today he is stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas as part of the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "Feds decided to deport her — two decades after her Miami marijuana arrest," 5 July 2018 He was stationed in San Antonio, Smyrna, Tenn. and Dennison, Texas. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "British filmmaker in a race to document World War II 'stories that matter'," 28 June 2018 After learning the news, his mother, Beth Zimmer Carter, traveled to Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash., where he was stationed. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "A plan to help veterans from 'the first minute' they leave the service," 27 June 2018 Dear Tom, My dad has often talked about a hurricane that caused some damage while he was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., around 1953-55. Tom Skilling,, "Ask Tom: Was there a hurricane near Fort Benning, Ga., in the mid-1950s?," 21 June 2018 Herm was born in 1954, when his father was stationed in Fort Monmouth, N.J. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "For ASU's Herm Edwards, sports bubble helped to overcome racism growing up," 12 July 2018 Despite the declining number of troops deployed in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, service members remain stationed in roughly 90 percent of the countries around the world, many in remote places without access to basic comfort items. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Arcada Theatre in St. Charles to show World Cup final on its big screen," 11 July 2018 Ola served as a first lieutenant army nurse during WWII and was stationed in England and Scotland, where treated the wounded from the Battle of D-day., "Ola K. Ferla," 11 July 2018

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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

: 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 \

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 \

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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