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
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

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of station in a Sentence

Noun 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. Verb 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 After the ambulance pulled away, the students walked to their dorms, and the police returned to the station. Paula Schleis,, "Making the call: Why Kent's mayor asked the governor to send the Guard to Kent State," 1 May 2020 The driver, a 40-year-old woman, had picked up a man in his 20s from Bob Evans restaurant, which is next door to the Shell station. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Uber driver attacked outside Shell station in Brook Park," 1 May 2020 Its hull fragment measures roughly 32 feet long and 8 feet wide, according to local broadcast station WWMT3. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "High Waters in the Great Lakes Reveal Two Centuries-Old Shipwrecks," 30 Apr. 2020 The administrator escorted the surveyor down the hallways, past 10 resident rooms and through resident care areas, to a nursing station in the 500 unit, the epicenter of the facility’s COVID-19 outbreak, to be screened for a fever. Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, "Nursing Homes Violated Basic Health Standards, Allowing the Coronavirus to Explode," 24 Apr. 2020 On the drone, a camera is equipped to provide a video feed to a ground station below. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army Is Building Drones That Can Be Fired From Grenade Launchers," 13 Apr. 2020 Ultimately, Steele said, he was told not to report to the station and his belongings were boxed and sent to his home. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ex-TV weatherman Scott Steele settles suit charging WTMJ-TV with anti-Semitism," 22 May 2020 To hear the concert, each vehicle must have an FM radio that will be tuned to a specific station. Mary Colurso |, al, "Black Jacket Symphony to perform drive-in concerts at Hoover Met," 18 May 2020 They were then pointed to a hand-washing station and issued face masks and gloves. USA Today, "‘This is not the time to do nothing’: Volunteers risk lives to deliver food to the needy," 15 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Beresik oversaw courses at multiple bases on American soil and spent time stationed overseas in places that included England and Japan. Fox News, "Air Force pilot who died in Vietnam honored by Texas high school student with stunning video tribute," 24 May 2020 The annual flag placement in observance of Memorial Day is a poignant reminder of the many personal and family sacrifices made by military men and women, whether in combat, stationed overseas or while serving stateside. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "American Legion, Boy Scouts honor veterans at Woodvale Cemetery," 23 May 2020 He was then appointed former President Barack Obama's U.S. ambassador to China and stationed in Beijing from 2009 until 2011. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Jon Huntsman's bid to return as Utah governor stalls: Poll," 18 May 2020 Target, in places where masks are the law, has stationed security employees outside its stores to remind customers to wear them, said Jake Anderson, a spokesman. New York Times, "Who’s Enforcing Mask Rules? Often Retail Workers, and They’re Getting Hurt," 15 May 2020 New Hampshire set up an emergency operations team stationed behind a state police roadblock. Anchorage Daily News, "As feds play ‘backup,’ states take unorthodox steps to compete in cutthroat global market for supplies," 12 Apr. 2020 Taylor, a member of the Legislature's budget-writing committee, has put a focus in recent months on fighting an effort to station F-35 jets at the Wisconsin National Guard base in Madison. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fred Risser, the longest serving legislator in the country, is retiring after 64 years in office," 26 Mar. 2020 Although stationed in Pretoria, many of his tweets are targeted at China’s naysayers in Washington DC. Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu, Quartz Africa, "How China’s South Africa ambassador became one of its top US antagonists on Twitter," 21 Mar. 2020 In some plants, Cargill is stationing workers farther apart or spreading employees across multiple shifts. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Coronavirus-Era Food Supply: America Has a Lot. Moving It Is Tricky.," 19 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of station was in the 14th century

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26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Station.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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