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 station, built in 1915 and beautifully restored by the nonprofit Route 66 Inland Empire California, has been a museum since 2015. Howard Cole,, "Take me out to a Quakes game on a weekend escape to Rancho Cucamonga," 12 July 2018 Throughout his two-day camp, Victor Oladipo and coaches will offer tips and hands-on instruction, including lectures, fundamental basketball skills stations, contests, and games in a high-energy, fun, and positive environment. Indianapolis Star, "Attend Victor Oladipo Youth Basketball ProCamp," 12 July 2018 The combination of the two companies has created a media and telecommunications giant with television stations, a movie studio, nearly 160 million wireless customers and a nationwide satellite television service, DirecTV. New York Times, "AT&T-Time Warner Deal Approval Gets Justice Department Challenge," 12 July 2018 L’Auberge Del Mar’s 10th annual Opening Day After-Party features food stations, craft beer and specialty cocktails, including the race season signature Del Mar Julep available at the bars. Carolina Gusman,, "Local eateries cool the summer heat with chillin' specials during National Ice Cream month," 12 July 2018 The event is sponsored by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, and Hinman said this year marked the biggest turnout — complete with crime scene stations, a hostage negotiator van and specialized SWAT team gear to pique campers’ curiosity. Alison Kuznitz,, "Giving Back To Hartford Youth, Police Departments Statewide Attend 'Law Enforcement Day' At Camp Courant," 11 July 2018 According to Japan’s public broadcasting station, NHK World Japan, the evacuation orders followed the river bursting its bank and inundating the town, which is within the Hiroshima Prefecture. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Floods in Japan Leave at Least 176 People Dead," 11 July 2018 The bank will take 90,000 square feet in the new SunTrust Tower, which has another 110,000 square feet of office space along with an AC Hotel by Marriott, a SunRail station, meeting space and retail in the 28-story building under construction. Bill Zimmerman,, "Drop in Metro Orlando office occupancies could get worse, analyst says," 11 July 2018 Nearby are a water treatment plant, a city sewage lift station, Falcon Field Airport and the Loop 202. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Much like at the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in May, guests were stationed just outside St. George's Chapel for the ceremony. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "A Guest at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Reveals What You Didn't See On Camera," 12 Oct. 2018 All of the fraternities are stationed in brownstones along Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street, near Kenmore Square and the easternmost part of Boston University’s campus. J.d. Capelouto,, "2 arrested following series of burglaries at MIT fraternity houses," 13 July 2018 Tragically, a fatal boat accident off the coast of the southern city of Phuket took place while many of the country’s rescue divers were stationed in Mae Sai. Time, "Meet the Heroes Who Helped Keep 12 Boys Alive in a Flooded Thailand Cave," 11 July 2018 Pinkins and Jones, who both worked for the private firm Force One Security and Consulting, were stationed at Yum Yum's front door on Jan. 29. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Security guards with Overland Park firm murder man in car outside KC bar, police say," 11 July 2018 Tragically, a fatal boat accident off the coast of the southern city of Phuket took place while many of the country’s rescue divers were stationed in Mae Sai., "These People Helped Keep Thai Soccer Team Alive in Flooded Cave," 11 July 2018 Protesters have been stationed near the facility for weeks, seeking to end the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy. Fox News, "Tensions flare at Oregon immigration protest; officers hurt," 10 July 2018 In response, the Havasupai now station a ranger where their land meets National Park Service land, asking river runners to fork over $44 or else return to their rafts. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, "Sacred Native American Sites Are Not Your Playgrounds," 5 July 2018 Bankers and other advisers have stationed dozens of employees inside Saudi Arabia to help the kingdom and Aramco prepare for more than two years, taking minimal fees in the hope of a huge payout when the IPO actually happens. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Doubts Grow Aramco IPO Will Ever Happen," 5 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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