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

Examples of substation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The substation is in a building that was the original Mandeville City Hall. Kim Chatelain | Contributing Writer,, "City saving, renovating old Mandeville jail near Lake Pontchartrain," 11 Oct. 2020 The deputy remained assigned to the sheriff’s Lakeside substation as of Monday. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woman alleges deputy yanked her out of her car, used excessive force during traffic stop in Lakeside," 5 Oct. 2020 Cleves officials said if the village chose to use Hamilton County there would be a substation within Cleves staffed with a lieutenant or sergeant seven days a week. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Cleves officials to vote tonight on disbanding police department," 29 Sep. 2020 Since the program’s inception, FirstEnergy has hired more than 2,000 line and substation personnel who completed PSI programs in Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "It’s official -- No Taste of Lakewood this year: A Place in the Sun," 15 Sep. 2020 Across the street is a Popeyes and Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore; next door is a substation for the Third Precinct. Wes Enzinna, Harper's Magazine, "The Sanctuary," 15 Sep. 2020 While all that was underway, the S&WB would also be working on an $8.5 million Entergy substation at its plant for the eventual transition to commercial utility’s power. Jeff Adelson,, "New Orleans S&WB lays out $39.7 million plan to buy and repair electrical equipment," 29 Sep. 2020 McKay was taken to the Cave Creek substation and placed in a holding cell while deputies completed booking paperwork, according to Enriquez. Madeline Ackley, The Arizona Republic, "Man in MCSO custody dies after being found unresponsive in Cave Creek substation," 21 Sep. 2020 The building is surrounded on three sides by an electrical substation, and there is nothing else on that street, which is the last street before the water and is only a single block long. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Reason Not the Need," 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of substation

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Substation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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