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

The television stations, having been allowed to poke around inside the ABCS, dropped several degrees of melodrama. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Airplanes That Rescue Ebola Patients," 5 July 2019 The two-day festival begins next Saturday and will feature live music, a children’s pizza tossing station, and pizza acrobats., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 4 July 2019 Where: 1500 Binz Details: $12; Texas Country Summer Block Party Event features food trucks, live music from Western Bling, bubble stations, facepainting, and children’s activities. Houston Chronicle, "Family Fun: Christmas in July, Evening Chill: Dinosaurs," 3 July 2019 But 13 stations, including every commercial TV broadcaster in Dayton, did not report how much Generation Now and other organizations spent on ads. Josh Goad,, "Who paid all that money to buy all those nuclear bailout ads raining on Ohio?," 2 July 2019 The facility where the man was being held, like most other Border Patrol stations along the U.S.-Mexico border, is overcrowded. CBS News, "El Salvadoran man dies in U.S. border custody," 30 June 2019 But guardsmen are also raiding airports, bus stations, even hotels and motels. Dallas News, "Mexico wrestles with its identity as the national guard helps Trump and López Obrador crack down on migrants," 29 June 2019 Some of the original carpet was found beneath the pneumatic tube station, which was still in place, and a carpet company was able to analyze the color and pattern to recreate it. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Apollo Mission Control Center restored to its former glory," 28 June 2019 But, really, what if the judgmental media, from HBO and insensitive pundits to censorious radio stations, had all had their way earlier this year and we were forced to live in a world without Michael Jackson’s great art? Armond White, National Review, "Yesterday Is Cynical, Fake Nostalgia," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The truck is a family heirloom being stored at the uncle’s house while its owner is stationed overseas, the reward poster says. Lee Roop |,, "Soldier’s classic pickup truck is stolen; family offers reward," 3 July 2019 Mike Collins Born in Rome while his father was stationed there in the Navy, Collins' family moved to Washington, D.C. after the U.S. entered World War II. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Listen: These are the three brave men going to the moon," 26 June 2019 Rick Running Rabbit, a friend Simms got to know while stationed in Arizona, helped finance a $50,000 claim for Kaziranga earlier this year. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "To Churchill via Afghanistan, horse trainer Mark Simms followed his racing dream," 24 June 2019 Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth lived there from 1949 to 1951 while Philip was stationed with the Royal Navy. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Revisiting Villa Guardamangia, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s Dreamy Malta Villa," 21 June 2019 Logan and her parents lived in North Carolina for awhile while Logan's father was stationed at Fort Bragg, but moved back four years ago, her mother, Danielle Nelson, said. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "This Arizona school has just one student. Here's what her day is like.," 12 June 2019 The first female combat pilot, McSally once sued the U.S. military so she would not be required to wear a head covering while stationed in the Middle East. Terry Tang, The Seattle Times, "Martha McSally to fill McCain Senate seat after losing race," 19 Dec. 2018 Scot Peterson, the only armed officer stationed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during last year’s shooting, was arrested on Tuesday for failing to protect the students. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "The Stoneman Douglas officer was charged for inaction. But should ‘cowardice’ be criminalized?," 9 June 2019 Another one of her priorities is to recruit officers of all genders, races and cultures and increase the number of officers stationed overseas. Bruce Schreiner, Fox News, "CIA director: Agency keenly focused on nation state rivals," 24 Sep. 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
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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