sub·​sta·​tion | \ ˈsəb-ˌstā-shən How to pronounce substation (audio) \

Definition of substation

: a subordinate or subsidiary station: such as
a : a branch post office
b : a subsidiary station in which electric current is transformed
c : a police station serving a particular area

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More than 100 people were standing in line 30 minutes before the substation opened its doors. Ken Silverstein, The New Republic, "Shock Corridor," 19 Aug. 2019 The cause of the power outage appears to have been caused by an SRP crew working at a substation, said Patty Garcia-Likens, a company spokeswoman. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Excessive heat warning in Phoenix extends through Friday, no rain in sight," 15 Aug. 2019 The fire at the substation occurred in the city of around 210,000 south of Los Angeles. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Fire causes blackout in Southern California, grounds flights at John Wayne Airport," 3 Aug. 2019 The substation is co-owned by MG&E and American Transmission Co., Keebler said. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gov. Evers declares state of emergency as thousands in Madison lose power after explosion, fires at substations," 19 July 2019 Video from outside the substation shows Cortez sitting in the car talking on the phone. Emilie Eaton,, "The morning of alleged assault, fired San Antonio police officer was worried about his job," 27 June 2019 The first district police substation is in that block, on the northeast corner of Fifth and E Streets. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Arrest made after intruder enters five Capitol Hill homes, police say," 18 June 2019 Dickinson was not arrested until the deputy found him outside the substation later that morning. Pete O’cain, The Seattle Times, "Snohomish County deputy prosecutor arrested on alcohol-related charge," 2 July 2018 Deputies from the Vista substation began interviewing employees from businesses on Main Street, and learned that the suspect had been passing out fake business cards,and talking to juveniles in the area, the release said. Greg Moran,, "Vista man impersonates sheriff's deputy, gets arrested by actual deputies," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of substation

1833, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of substation

: a place where the strength of electricity is changed as the electricity passes through on its way from the power plant to homes and businesses
: a police station that serves a particular area

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