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 nurses proposed a staffing grid, the station reported. The Web Staff,, "Osceola nurses rally for staffing changes: report," 13 July 2018 Last December, on a dark evening in Baltimore, Anna Scott left her apartment and dragged her bag three minutes to the train station. Mejs Hasan, WIRED, "New University Rules Encourage Scientists to Avoid Air Travel," 3 July 2018 The Old Orland historic district, which spans the area south of 143rd street between West and Ravinia avenues, is cherished by neighbors for its walkability, access to the train station, Arseneau said. David Gleisner, Daily Southtown, "Orland Park's 'first and oldest' home is on the market," 2 July 2018 Peter Finch, news anchor on KFOG and KGO in years past, has joined KCBS on the all-night shift, replacing Marty Lenz, who moved to a station in Denver. Ben Fong-torres,, "Listeners mourn loss of ‘Acoustic Sunrise’," 25 June 2018 Authorities allege Buchanan purposely waited before alerting the mother and police, the news station said. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Dad smothered screaming infant daughter — then tried to shock her back to life, Ark. police say," 12 July 2018 In May, the New York Times reported on a surge of teenage Europeans who run YouTube channels that live-stream music 24 hours a day, operating in a legal gray area reminiscent of 20th-century pirate radio stations. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Chicago DJ and producer Fess Grandiose shows why he’s a beat-scene leader with Front Room Methodology," 12 July 2018 Mizell was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for an estimated 1,000 bee stings, the news station said. Crystal Hill, star-telegram, "‘A black cloud’: 81-year-old man says he was attacked by swarm of bees — and survived," 4 July 2018 Trudeau said, according to video posted by a journalist for local radio station CJME. Alix Langone, Time, "Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Denies Claim He Groped a Reporter 18 Years Ago," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Thai navy SEALs and an Australian medic who had been stationed with the boys for days, preparing them for their dive, were brought out of the cave soon after. Washington Post,, "How the world came together to save 12 boys trapped in a Thai cave," 10 July 2018 Kight, who was born in 1965 in Kamakura, Japan, learned her father was an American sailor who had been stationed in nearby Yokosuko (the same place where, somewhat astonishingly, Kight's husband was stationed years later). Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "A month before he died, a beloved Anchorage bartender met his daughter," 30 June 2018 While at the Anglican church, the actress and activist made her way to the American Memorial Chapel, which honors 28,000 American soldiers who were stationed in the U.K. during World War II and lost their lives. Eileen Reslen, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Gets Emotional at London War Memorial in Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Her Royal Event," 29 June 2018 John Crane, a native of Northeast Philly who is now stationed in San Antonio, was 7-months-old when the Eagles played in Super Bowl XV. Ray Boyd,, "An Eagles Super Bowl becomes a gift for dads this Father's Day," 14 June 2018 Authorities referred to a prompt and heroic response at the school but didn't confirm accounts of Seaman tackling the student or describe the role of the resource officer who was stationed at the school. Rick Callahan,, "Teacher who stopped Indiana school shooting released from hospital," 26 May 2018 Authorities referred to a prompt and heroic response at the school but didn't confirm accounts of the teacher tackling the student or describe the role of the resource officer who was stationed at the school. CBS News, "Middle school student wounded in Indiana shooting in critical, stable condition," 26 May 2018 The town will, however, eliminate its early property tax payment discount of up to 1 percent (July) to pay for an additional school resource officer, who will be stationed at Bel Air Middle School, Bane said. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air's final budget set at $16.6 million, tax rates unchanged," 25 May 2018 An Army lieutenant, who was stationed along the Colombian border and deserted in February, said his commanders were deeply involved in smuggling cocaine across the frontier. John Otis And, WSJ, "‘Pressure Cooker’: Discontent Rises in Venezuela Military as Economy Dives," 18 May 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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