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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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

Outside, as broadcast by stations including CNN, the group placed stones at each victim's memorial site, which is customary in Judaism. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Following Synagogue Shooting, Trump's Visit to Pittsburgh Was Met With Protests," 30 Oct. 2018 Eat it here: In Kakheti, Georgia, get khinkali soup dumplings at Iago’s Wine; on Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Road, the stretch by Udom Suk station, get kanom jeeb. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Debatable Encyclopedia of Drunk Food," 1 Oct. 2018 Helsinki, a middle school teacher, was placed on leave pending an investigation, the Andover Public Schools district said in a statement obtained by the station. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Teacher accused of putting kid in game machine to steal prizes turns self in, placed on leave," 21 Sep. 2018 The gaseous hydrogen that will power the trains will be pumped in from a 40-foot-high steel container near the tracks at Bremervörde station. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "First Hydrogen-Powered Trains Rolling in Germany," 19 Sep. 2018 Based on the true story, Hachi waits for his owner at the train station every single day and walks back home with him after work. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "15 Sad Movies to Watch on Netflix for When You Need a Good Cry," 28 Aug. 2018 But Border Patrol agents at the McAllen procession station doubted the record’s authenticity and split them up, lawyer said. Kristina Davis,, "Trump administration outlines plan to reunify remaining 2,500 separated children," 14 July 2018 The man suffered minor injuries from the broken glass and was treated by firefighters at the station. Elise Takahama,, "Two men arrested in car vandalism spree in Whitman," 14 July 2018 Others park their two-wheelers at a valet bike station next door to the terminal. Rachel Swan,, "Bicyclists protest as city plans for safer lanes hit bumps," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In fact, the organization did increase its budget to more than $1 million for security personnel, says Trahern, and industry insiders suggested that law-enforcement sharp shooters were stationed on rooftops at the downtown bars. Tom Roland, Billboard, "CMA Music Festival: Security (and Temps) Were Up, But the Sound Was Still Central," 12 June 2018 But consider this: Doubleday was stationed at Galveston during his military career, approximately 1871-1873. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "German (and Czech) towns are baseball hotbeds," 3 June 2018 Winner attained the rank of senior airmen, E4, and was last stationed at Ft. Terace Garnier, Fox News, "Reality Winner sentenced to more than 5 years over classified report leak," 23 Aug. 2018 His father retired as a major in the Air Force and was stationed at Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, Ill. New York Times, "Michelle Preston, Brian Kim," 8 July 2018 Authorities will run the driver’s fingerprints, and once officials realize the person is undocumented, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents stationed at the jail will take the person into custody upon release by county sheriff’s deputies. Rachel Beth Banks, azcentral, "What to do when a family member is arrested by ICE agents," 5 July 2018 With just over 16,000 Border Patrol agents stationed at the southern border, that comes out to roughly two-and-a-half apprehensions per agent per month. Tal Kopan, CNN, "Fact checking the Trump administration on immigration," 29 May 2018 Much like at the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in May, guests were stationed just outside St. George's Chapel for the ceremony. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "A Guest at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Reveals What You Didn't See On Camera," 12 Oct. 2018 All of the fraternities are stationed in brownstones along Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street, near Kenmore Square and the easternmost part of Boston University’s campus. J.d. Capelouto,, "2 arrested following series of burglaries at MIT fraternity houses," 13 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

: 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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