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 entry 7 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

The documents say that authorities seized 31,200 vape cartridges, each containing a gram of THC, along with 98,000 unfilled cartridges and 57 mason jars that contained more than 1,600 ounces of liquid THC, according to the station. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Wisconsin brothers accused of running giant vaping operation," 17 Sep. 2019 After a daylong search, police have been in touch with the grandmother of the child, who is 3 years old, according to the TV station. Tiffini Theisen,, "Woman finds toddler asleep on porch in cardboard cat box near burned vehicle with human remains," 17 Sep. 2019 Palm Beach County investigators said Hayes lived in West Palm Beach, about a mile from where Bey's body was found in 2016, according to the station. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Genetic genealogy leads to arrest of "Daytona Serial Killer" suspect, officials say," 16 Sep. 2019 After instructions on how things worked from Rasmussen, each time got two boxes of ammunition and were carted off to a shooting station. Sam Boyer,, "Unique fundraiser required ear plugs: Photos," 15 Sep. 2019 The content of the tweet is categorically offensive and abhorrent to the station. Emily Caron,, "Radio Host Takes Leave of Absence After Homophobic Slur Sent from Station's Twitter," 13 Sep. 2019 Council members also approved extending the BurbankBus’ Pink Route all the way to the Universal City Metro Red Line station. Anthony Clark Carpio, Burbank Leader, "Officials put brakes on BurbankBus Gold Route, steer toward other changes," 13 Sep. 2019 Subsequently, communications from the lander to ground station was lost. The Economist, "Bangalore, we have a problem," 7 Sep. 2019 The agency wants to limit costs, use space more efficiently, and stay close to a BART station as part of a move, Brooks said. Roland Li,, "BART’s rent is soaring, so it wants to buy a new Oakland headquarters," 6 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The unmanned aircraft stationed on Abaco was owned by Fli Drone, which launched its delivery service just before the hurricane hit. Wired, "The First Hurricane Relief Drone Was Ready to Fly—Then Dorian Hit," 17 Sep. 2019 If the Soviets launched an attack, American bombers stationed on the island would already be halfway to Moscow. Author: Antonia Noori Farzan, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump reportedly wants to buy Greenland. So did the Truman administration.," 16 Aug. 2019 The circus, organized by Patricia Ohmans and Frogtown Green, will present strategies on how to combat those impacts within a series of tents stationed on a long-vacant lot. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Sustainability Circus comes to St. Paul’s Frogtown Sept. 7," 16 Aug. 2019 Several other conservation groups, including California Audubon, the American Bird Conservancy and Point Blue Conservation Science, which has researchers stationed on the island year-round, support the plan. Peter Fimrite,, "Coastal Commission to consider poisoning mice to restore balance on Farallon Islands," 10 July 2019 Tanks will be stationed on the National Mall, Air Force One will fly over and fireworks will be set off during the night-time event. Editors, USA TODAY, "Fourth of July, 'Stranger Things' returns, Wimbledon: 5 things to know Thursday," 4 July 2019 Storm radars stationed on land use radio frequencies that pass through storm systems and don’t record prudent information for predicting intensity such as water temperature and depth, Spratt said. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "With Falcon Heavy launch, new tools to decipher hurricane intensity make it to space," 25 June 2019 Jati, 32, waded right into her pool and stationed herself closest to Eric Buning, head keeper of the elephants, who tossed whole heads of lettuce and other treats to her as firefighters showered the elephants with their hoses. Terry Demio,, "Firefighters shower Cincinnati Zoo elephants as Hometown Heroes week kicks off," 9 Sep. 2019 The researchers also set up cameras in the operating room that fed additional footage of the procedure to Dr. Patel, and a pair of surgeons stationed inside the operating room supervised the procedure. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Robot Helps Perform First Long-Distance Heart Surgery," 6 Sep. 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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