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
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 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 Among those offering support was Black Lives Matter activist Tykebrean Natral Cheshier, according to the station. Fox News, "Tulsa community rallies support for 2 officers shot during traffic stop with prayers, flowers," 30 June 2020 Myrick told the news station he was disappointed by his firing because the post is about his own experience, not race. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Police officer fired after Facebook post about ‘privilege’ sparks controversy," 26 June 2020 Therefore, since the spacecraft docked to the station, it has been powered up once a week to test power output from the solar panels. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "After nearly a month in space, NASA seems really happy with Crew Dragon," 24 June 2020 Following Inslee’s announcement, the WSP issued a statement promising a transparent and fair process, according to the station. Fox News, "Washington State Patrol to take over investigation of Manuel Ellis’ death in police custody, Inslee says," 18 June 2020 The manager of Sunnyside Wholesale Parts went to the station May 21. cleveland, "Drunken driver’s car lands on utility box: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 10 June 2020 The lieutenant on scene decided to take the 8-year-old and 14-year-old to the station and processed them for disorderly conduct after officers reported seeing the children running with sticks, the report states. Eric Levenson, CNN, "An 8-year-old was handcuffed for carrying a stick. The case is one of dozens of NYPD complaints, review board finds," 8 June 2020 Grant Park and Union Park will be designated spots for demonstrators to gather this weekend, according to the station. Sarah Lynch Baldwin, CBS News, "Washington, D.C., expects city's largest protest since George Floyd's death," 6 June 2020 According to Denny, League City police will designate the entrance, sidewalk and parking lot to the station, 555 West Walker St. and provide assistance to participants who have difficulty walking. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Floyd protest for immunocompromised residents planned in League City," 5 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Others, in cities from Pittsburgh to Minneapolis and Los Angeles, station themselves along march routes with bottles of water, hand sanitizer, and masks. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Protest Medics on Being Targeted by the Police, in Their Own Words," 3 June 2020 Some details of how the attack unfolded were still unclear, but Shea said the man casually approached two officers stationed in the area to prevent looting at around 11:45 p.m. and stabbed one of them. CBS News, "Union head blames anti-police rhetoric after NYC cop stabbed in neck," 4 June 2020 The troops stationed in Washington, though, will see action—taking truncheons to demonstrators and the press as soldiers in a culture war which armored vehicles have carted from the realm of metaphor into physical reality. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Are You Really Surprised by Our Authoritarian President?," 3 June 2020 The vehicle’s driver, Anne Sacoolas, is the wife of a U.S. diplomat stationed in the U.K. near RAF Croughton. Fox News, "Lawyers for Harry Dunn family say documents expose ‘scandalous’ UK Foreign Office cover-up," 3 May 2020 Others have hand sanitizer stationed in areas where people can easily access them. al, "Bushwackers and souvenirs: How Alabama’s beach businesses prepare for a surge of visitors," 1 May 2020 Thacker’s wife is an active duty sailor stationed in San Diego, where the young family lives. Matthias Gafni,, "Almost 40 aircraft carrier sailors test positive for coronavirus after negative tests; could Crozier be reinstated?," 16 Apr. 2020 The room also has KAWS artworks stationed in the corners. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "WATCH: Drake Gives a Dance-Filled Tour of His Decadent Toronto Mansion in New Video," 3 Apr. 2020 Russ Hathaway, an All-Big Ten center in 1917, became an ensign in the Navy, stationed in Pelham Bay, N.Y. The same with Elliot Risley, IU’s star end. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, "The story of 1918 IU football, amid the ‘flu’ epidemic," 27 Mar. 2020

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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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3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Station.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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