station

noun
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

station

verb
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

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

Two other planets station retrograde at the end of the month in your house of learning and communication. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April's Scorpio Predictions Mean for You," 31 Mar. 2019 Don’t miss the cemetery, either, where the carvings atop each tombstone indicate that person’s station in life (a fez headdress was reserved for government officials, a turban for someone of the religious order, an anchor for a seaman, and so on). Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 People of color make up the majority of the Seventh District’s residents, but as local public radio station WBUR noted, white people make up the majority of the voters there. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Ayanna Pressley is the first black woman Massachusetts is sending to Congress," 7 Nov. 2018 Police told the local station the bodies had no obvious signs of trauma. Teen Vogue, "Two Asylum-Seeking Saudi Sisters Were Found Dead, Duct-Taped Together in the Hudson River," 30 Oct. 2018 Kemp, Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, aired the commercial on local stations. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Georgia candidate Kemp triggers uproar with shotgun ad," 2 Oct. 2018 Lines of customers snaked through a Chandler mall in Arizona, a city southeast of Phoenix, according to a local ABC TV station. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Build-a-Bear built a promo that left frenzied Charlotte shoppers frustrated," 12 July 2018 Rodriguez’s grandson, Erik Mendoza, alleged to local station FOX 11. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "California Woman Arrested After Allegedly Beating Man, 92, and Telling Him 'Go Back to Mexico'," 12 July 2018 People stop to pray, meditate, and read or hear Biblical passages at each station. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Is Good Friday and Why Do We Celebrate It?," 22 Feb. 2019

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Among the speakers were Bird, Ciara, Vedder, a Girl Scout, and Deborah Calhoun, a blue star family member and spouse of an active duty green beret stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McCord. Stefanie Loh, The Seattle Times, "From Ciara to Sue Bird: Seattle celebrities among 18,000 who welcomed Michelle Obama to Tacoma," 25 Mar. 2019 One squadron, part of the 98th Guards Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment stationed in Murmansk region at Monchegorsk airfield, will carry out the patrols from European Russia. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Resumes Fighter Patrols Over the North Pole," 6 Feb. 2019 Access to the few mosques that still operate in Xinjiang is heavily restricted, with groups of club-wielding security personnel stationed outside during prayer times. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "The Muslim World Looks On as China Persecutes Its Muslims," 21 Feb. 2019 The Syrian government and its ally, Russia, have blamed U.S. troops stationed nearby for failing to provide security for aid shipments — allegations denied by the Americans. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Pressure builds to get civilians out of last IS-held enclave," 20 Feb. 2019 Russia’s Izvestia news agency reports another squadron, part of the 317th Composite Air Regiment stationed in the Kamchatka region out of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Yelizovo airport, will carry out the patrols from the other side of Russia. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Resumes Fighter Patrols Over the North Pole," 6 Feb. 2019 Favored to win, hordes of reporters were camped out at the hotel in which Wilson and her team were stationed on election day. Julie Zeilinger, Marie Claire, "The Women Who Ran...and Lost," 24 Oct. 2018 But at the game Kavanaugh mentioned, Brett was in fact stationed in the shadow of the Green Monster. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Dramatic testimony from Kavanaugh, Ford included outrage, emotion, history," 27 Sep. 2018 Avalos lamented seeing, on a return trip from Matamoros to Brownsville, that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers were stationed on the bridge just inside the international line that marks where the United States ends and Mexico begins. NBC News, "In South Texas, Trump immigration policies cut into the fabric of border culture," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of station

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1685, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for station

Noun

Middle English stacioun, from Anglo-French estation, statiun, from Latin station-, statio, from stare to stand — more at stand

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station

noun

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

station

verb

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

station

noun
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

station

verb
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

station

noun
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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