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 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

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

Experiential activations were set up throughout the space, including a crocheted photo booth by the artist Olek and a silk screen T-shirt printing station. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "The Brooklyn Artists Ball Was a Frida Kahlo–Inspired Fiesta," 17 Apr. 2019 The Vogey train didn’t exactly leave the station early in the season. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "The Mariners needed a miracle to beat the Royals. They got it, and return home 13-2, sweep in hand.," 12 Apr. 2019 At one end of the store is a section that focuses on kitchens, presenting several vignettes along with a wall of cabinet options and a station for a design consultation. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "IKEA's First Manhattan Location Is Nothing Like Its Other Stores," 10 Apr. 2019 The final notable attempt took place in March of 1882, when a Scottish poet named Roderick Maclean shot at Queen Victoria's carriage with a pistol while leaving the Windsor train station. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "15 Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About Queen Victoria," 8 Jan. 2019 Leaving station early Metro: Exodus was supposed to release on February 22, the same day as BioWare’s Anthem. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Heroes of the Storm winds down, Monster Hunter adds The Witcher's Geralt," 14 Dec. 2018 The capsule is slated to stay about a month before leaving the station and returning to Earth with results of numerous experiments. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch SpaceX launch thousands of pounds of cargo and experiments to the International Space Station," 5 Dec. 2018 Trump is also always preaching the dream of a big infrastructure plan, but that train never seems to leave the station. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Republicans will hold on to their Senate majority," 7 Nov. 2018 The floor of the cargo bay is lined with rollers, so the CDS bundles ease out of the open rear of the airplane and into the air over Louisiana as smoothly as a train leaving the station. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The C-130J Super Hercules Is Ready for the Worst," 9 Oct. 2018

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Additionally, Elizabeth flew to Malta in November that year to spend time with Philip, who was stationed in the country with the Royal Navy. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How Will Meghan Markle's Maternity Leave Compare with Queen Elizabeth's?," 14 Apr. 2019 My father, Lee, was in the Air Force and was stationed in China. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Don Chadwick Went from Building Model Plans to Creating Silicon Valley’s Favorite Seat," 15 Jan. 2019 The Marine base is two hours east of Fort Bragg, where Holley was stationed. CBS News, "Did a missing Army nurse fall prey to a serial killer targeting military women?," 26 June 2018 Since the weekly protests began on March 30 near the border, more than 120 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds wounded by Israeli soldiers stationed on the Israeli side, according to Palestinian Health Ministry officials. New York Times, "U.N. General Assembly Vote Castigates Israel Over Gaza Deaths," 13 June 2018 Reid Mitenbuler, author of Bourbon Empire and a regular writer on other liquors, said many black troops were stationed in the Cognac region of France during World Wars I and II. Mark Dent, Philly.com, "Forget craft beer - Philly loves brandy," 28 June 2018 Davis was stationed in the Kensington neighborhood, an area of the city beset with drug trafficking, prosecutors said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Car crash left a grandma dead — and revealed a Philadelphia cop’s ‘outrageous’ crimes | Miami Herald," 9 Apr. 2018 On Tuesday, the school said additional security and campus police would be stationed at the Morgan View Apartments for the next week. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Police seeking 3 men of interest in exchange of gunfire at off-campus Morgan State housing," 3 Apr. 2018 The regulations say officers working off-duty details can't be stationed inside any business that serves or sells alcohol, including bars. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "1 year after Cameo mass shooting, bankruptcy, many lawsuits, a pending trial," 22 Mar. 2018

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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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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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