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

All other stations, except those named above, will remain open to the public until midnight. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit fireworks 2019: How to watch the show, what to know," 21 June 2019 Transit experts see scooters as another way for commuters to bridge the link from their homes to bus stops or rail stations, USA TODAY reported. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Look out, Bird and Lime. 5 more dockless scooters are licensed in Louisville," 20 June 2019 The proposed acquisition includes road, access and pipeline easements, pipelines, pump station, facilities, improvements and fixtures. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Water district eyes eminent domain for sprayfields," 20 June 2019 The carnival will feature live music, sound therapy by Sacred Sound of the Soul, game booths, a bubbles/chalk art station, and a hot dog building contest. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County Business Briefs, June 20," 20 June 2019 Other activities include make-your-own bubble mix, a tie-dye station, testing of the properties of different slime recipes and paint-ball catapults. Susan Dunne,, "Ooey, gooey, slimy, grimy: It’s a 2-day Mess Fest for kids at CT Science Center," 19 June 2019 Volunteers will set up attractions like an ice sculpture, photo booth, hair and makeup stations, and a dance floor. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "A night to remember: Community works to create a prom for adults with disabilities," 19 June 2019 Officials in recent months have said the utility, which maintains larger pipes, canals and the pumping stations, was at risk of running out of cash by year’s end. Beau Evans,, "More steps ahead for New Orleans to spend its ‘fair share’ infrastructure money," 19 June 2019 Bridgesat’s first ground station, in California, is already in operation, and more in Italy and Sweden are on their way. The Economist, "A new business in small satellites orbiting the Earth," 15 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Meanwhile, a detachment of parachutists attacked the de Valleville farm, where the Germans had stationed an artillery battery. Ron Grossman,, "‘I’d like to volunteer, sir’: Memories of D-Day live on through oral histories," 5 June 2019 At Home Advisor Instead of getting physically stationed at the nearest Genius Bars, At Home Advisors connect with Apple users all over the country via phone calls and online chats. Kathleen Corlett, Woman's Day, "How to Work for Apple Without Leaving Your House," 1 May 2019 Today, the presence of electronic sensors on the battlefield, particularly passive infrared sensors, gives forces the ability to detect enemies at night, as well as those obscured by smokescreens or stationed behind other objects. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Wants to Block Heat Signatures of Soldiers and Tanks," 11 Apr. 2019 The final planet to station retrograde in April is Saturn, the planet of time. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Cancer Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 SpaceX will again seek to recover this booster with the droneship Just Read the Instructions stationed downrange in the Pacific Ocean. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX flies rocket for the third time, will attempt fairing re-use [Updated]," 3 Dec. 2018 The outpost is one of several in the country where the Army’s Security Force Assistance Brigade is stationed. Mujib Mashal,, "‘Insider attack’ kills US service member in Afghanistan," 8 July 2018 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

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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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