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 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


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

Through July 17, 266,472 sockeye had been counted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s in-river sonar station at river mile 19. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Kenai River sockeye salmon returns steady but not spectacular as peak of run arrives," 19 July 2019 The project lists the EPA approved includes new sewer lines, grates, pump stations and a variety of other improvements across Hamilton County. Scott Wartman,, "EPA tries to force the city and county to agree. If they can't, expect a big sewer bill," 19 July 2019 Immediate needs include about $287 million for buses, train cars and other vehicles, $294 million for tracks, $179 million for systems, $403 million for facilities and $372 million for stations, the MTA report said. Colin Campbell,, "Maryland Transit Administration forecasts $2 billion shortfall over next decade," 19 July 2019 According to a study published in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, tracking stations installed near the Bolshaya Udina volcano recorded 2,400 seismic events between October 2017 and February 2019. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Magma Lurks Below This ‘Extinct’ Volcano in Romania," 19 July 2019 The station also reported that the puppies who did not survive would be sent to Midwestern University for necropsies. Fox News, "5 puppies found abandoned in duffel bag in an Arizona trash bin: officials," 18 July 2019 Barron was found at the nearby Sunoco gasoline station, seated in the driver’s seat of a 2011 Chevrolet pickup. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester police make arrest after man hit and killed by pickup truck," 15 July 2019 The station reported that a 32-year-old man and two other Americans were aboard a 41-foot Bahama craft boat on Great Guana Cay. Johnny Diaz,, "South Florida man attacked by 6-foot shark is recovering, report says," 15 July 2019 The children, Aubree, 2, and Armond, 6, died from smoke inhalation, the station reported. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Arrest made in quadruple homicide that left two adults, two kids dead in Cleveland," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As Bryant smashed balls into the drink from his perch at River Point, the grassy plaza near Lake and Canal streets where the river forks into two branches, kayakers with nets were stationed on the water to retrieve the souvenirs. Phil Thompson,, "Kris Bryant hits baseballs into the Chicago River again: ‘Such a cool thing to do’," 11 July 2019 Cipolli and his wife, who were both white Italians, lived in a small town near Pisa, where a number of African-American soldiers had been stationed at the end of the Second World War. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "The Paternity Reveal," 24 June 2019 On Tuesday, Sky News Arabia reported that rockets had been fired at an area of Mosul, in northern Iraq, where U.S. military trainers are stationed. Author: Missy Ryan, Greg Jaffe, John Hudson, Anchorage Daily News, "Pompeo warns Iran about trigger for US military action as some in administration question aggressive policy," 19 June 2019 Three rockets landed outside a base north of Baghdad, Iraq, on Monday night where some US troops were stationed. Alex Ward, Vox, "The US is sending 1,000 more troops to the Middle East to counter Iran," 18 June 2019 The Arizona Department of Transportation shut down State Route 88 in both directions from two miles northeast of Apache Junction to State Route 188 at Roosevelt Lake, where firefighters are currently stationed. Rocky Baier, azcentral, "'It's a very bad place to have a fire': Woodbury Fire burns 36K acres with no containment," 17 June 2019 Gym equipment that was stationed at basketball court during renovations are now at their rightful place upstairs, allowing members to workout more freely. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Lake Houston YMCA celebrates grand opening after 18 month, $15 million renovations," 12 June 2019 Bochy was born in Landes de Bussac, France, where his father was stationed in the army. Henry Schulman,, "Giants’ Bruce Bochy asked to manage Team France in next World Baseball Classic," 12 June 2019 The atmosphere offshore, where the Just Read the Instructions droneship was stationed 235km away from the launch pad, had high wind shear. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Two big rockets launched early Wednesday—then one landed in high seas," 24 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
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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