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 My family spent less than five months living in the classroom of a former private school, a brief way station before sailing on a converted U.S troopship to New York and ultimately starting their lives over on a New Jersey chicken farm. Seth Stern, The Christian Science Monitor, "Displaced: ‘The Last Million’ refugees to leave Europe after World War II," 30 Sep. 2020 Auld has installed monarch way station gardens throughout the area and has planted 33 butterfly-friendly gardens at schools. Staff Reports, NOLA.com, "Hurricane Katrina anniversary events, and more metro-area community news," 26 Aug. 2020 Postmortem analysis of his brain showed massive loss of nerve cells in two regions of the thalamus, a structure about the size of a walnut that is found in the midbrain and generally acts as a way station for incoming sensory input. Robert Stickgold, Scientific American, "Beyond Memory: The Benefits of Sleep," 1 Oct. 2015 The house became a gathering place for an indelible cultural moment, a way station for Andy Warhol, Terry Southern, Ike and Tina Turner, and Black Panthers. Mark Rozzo, The New Yorker, "Dennis Hopper’s Quiet Vision of Nineteen-Sixties Hollywood," 22 Dec. 2019 By having these different standards within its pages, Wikipedia can be a guide to the big commercial platforms that have become way stations for fake cures, bogus comparisons to past outbreaks, and political spin. Noam Cohen, Wired, "How Wikipedia Prevents the Spread of Coronavirus Misinformation," 15 Mar. 2020 After weeks of negotiation among Israel’s fractious parties, the deadline has come and gone, another way station to nowhere in the country’s year-long political stalemate. Washington Post, "Challenger Benny Gantz fails to form Israeli government, deepening political crisis," 20 Nov. 2019 Laya is one of the principal way stations along the Snowman Trek. Chris Jones, WSJ, "A Rare Look at One of the World’s Most Isolated Mountain Treks," 4 Feb. 2020 Under Trump, the pardon office has become a bureaucratic way station, according to government data and interviews with lawyers, criminal justice advocates, and former pardon and White House officials. Author: Beth Reinhard, Anne Gearan, Anchorage Daily News, "Most clemency grants bypass Justice Department and go to well-connected offenders," 3 Feb. 2020

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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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14 Oct 2020

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“Way station.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/way%20station. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of way station

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

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