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 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 The city’s 2012 zoning regulations permitted a fast-food restaurant with a drive-through window at 510 Farmington Avenue, site of the former Shell station. Edmund H. Mahony,, 8 June 2021 Police said Rainey, who was on parole at the time of the two attacks, suffers from schizophrenia and has a violent criminal history, according to the station. Fox News, 8 June 2021 Parents need to bring their children to the station and pick them up after the program is over, the release said., 5 June 2021 At least two officers arrived on the scene and went into the water, managing to rescue two children, who, according to the news station, were taken to the hospital., 4 June 2021 The officer returned to the station to pick up a truck since the bike could not fit inside the cruiser. cleveland, 4 June 2021 The creatures will head to the station aboard Space X's Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled to launch at 1:29 pm ET. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 Investigators brought Aaron Quinn back to the station that same day and asked him to send a message back to the kidnapper. Sean Dooley, ABC News, 3 June 2021 Dozens of volunteers and officers were involved in the search on Sunday and Monday for Harrelson, who just turned 11 over the weekend, according to the station. NBC News, 1 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The results will be evaluated during the first half of the season, and in the second half teams could be required to station two infielders on each side of second base. Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2021 The department recently launched a pilot program to station a rapid response team in Los Angeles' coastal Venice neighborhood. David Aaro, Fox News, 13 May 2021 The second product revolves around access to a broader sponsorship-free NPR Podcast bundle that comes attached to station membership at a certain level. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 27 Apr. 2021 Psaki was questioned directly on Monday about the deals in which Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras would respectively station 10,000, 1,500, and 7,000 troops along their borders. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, 16 Apr. 2021 Our advice would be not to station the machine in the garage; leave it in the house where a little extra warmth will help maintain cord flexibility. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 14 Apr. 2021

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

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“Station.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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