station

noun
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

station

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

Definition of station (Entry 2 of 2)

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 for station

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of station in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Schwarte told the station that short-term rentals can bring wild parties, trash and even violence to otherwise quiet neighborhoods, adding that the ruling could serve as a road map for Dallas and other cities considering a ban on short-term rentals. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 23 July 2021 Both firefighters and the patient are all OK, investigators told the news station. NBC News, 23 July 2021 Pierson told the station Boland would sometimes land on his farm and the two would go for a short joyride. Fox News, 17 July 2021 The department told the station the lightning strike was the cause of the collapse. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 14 July 2021 The oldest child and the dog were pronounced dead at the scene, while the other two children and the driver were taken to hospitals for treatment of life-threatening injuries, the news station reported. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 July 2021 The man in the van was taken to the hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening, the TV station reported. orlandosentinel.com, 4 July 2021 The other pilot, a 50-year-old, was in serious condition with a head injury and multiple lacerations, the TV station reported. Anchorage Daily News, 3 July 2021 The other pilot, a 50-year-old, was in serious condition with a head injury and multiple lacerations, the TV station reported. Caleb Jones, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Farmington police will station patrol officers and community service officers at both detour points on Route 4. Don Stacom, courant.com, 2 July 2021 The district, which serves 23,000 students, at one time contracted with Pomona police to station one uniformed officer at each of its four high school sites. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2021 Acting on this misjudgment, Khrushchev felt emboldened enough to station nuclear missiles in Cuba, which led to the chilling tensions of the 1962 Missile Crisis, in which the young president stared Khrushchev down. Ryan Kearney, The New Republic, 16 June 2021 As of now, Austin said, the U.S. is still looking for options to station troops and aircraft in neighboring countries to make the flight to Afghanistan shorter. Lolita C. Baldor, Star Tribune, 10 June 2021 Neighboring countries aren’t likely to agree to station U.S. forces. Dustin Walker, WSJ, 28 May 2021 After all, the Philippine Sea is where the U.S. Navy is likely to station its aircraft carriers as a complement to the U.S. Air Force’s own network of small airfields in the region. David Axe, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Prosecutors claimed another Oath Keepers member, Jessica Watkins, brought with her mace, tasers and night sticks, but planned to station heavier arms outside the city, a system prosecutors said was designed to provide access during operations. Cassidy Mcdonald, CBS News, 27 May 2021 Which begs the question, how is Hollywood planning to step up and serve this younger generation that's signaling they can't be counted on to station themselves in front of a traditional streaming service or hang out in a theater? Lisa Respers France, CNN, 22 May 2021

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First Known Use of station

Noun

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

Verb

1685, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for station

Noun

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

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Time Traveler for station

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

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“Station.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/station. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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station

noun

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

station

verb

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

station

noun
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

station

verb
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

station

noun
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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