way station


Definition of way station

1 : a station set between principal stations on a line of travel (such as a railroad)
2 : an intermediate stopping place

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Examples of way station in a Sentence

a way station for truck drivers
Recent Examples on the Web Tapachula has long been a way station for Central Americans traveling north. Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 Mediocrity is, alternatively, a way station on the journey to excellence, a space for radical experimentation and a momentary respite from the unrelenting tug of ambition. New York Times, 30 Sep. 2021 Not only have more U.S. and Afghan evacuees been flown to Doha than to any other way station, but the U.S. has also credited Qatar with helping get Americans safely to Kabul's airport. NBC News, 13 Sep. 2021 In all, this sudden way station has about 6,500 people. Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2021 Mexico has essentially become a way station between Ecuador and the United States, Alvarez and other experts say. Adriana Pérez, Dallas News, 13 Aug. 2021 For the remainder of her life, Mrs. McMillan’s Cambridge home became a way station for family members and friends. BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2021 For years after the N.B.A. prohibited its teams from drafting players directly out of high school, starting in 2006, there were few places to go besides college as a way station between high school and the N.B.A. New York Times, 25 June 2021 The facility played an important logistical role during the U.S.-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, providing a way station for supplies and troops. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of way station

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of way station was in 1840

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15 Oct 2021

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“Way station.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/way%20station. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of way station

: a place where people can stop for rest, supplies, etc., during a long journey


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