way station

noun

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

Example Sentences

a way station for truck drivers
Recent Examples on the Web The base previously served as a sleepy outpost for training NATO troops, including several hundred American soldiers, and was known more broadly in the military as a way station with a small mess hall for U.S. forces heading to and from Afghanistan. Lara Jakes, New York Times, 3 Jan. 2023 The base previously served as a sleepy outpost for training NATO troops, including several hundred US soldiers, and was known more broadly in the military as a way station with a small mess hall for US forces heading to and from Afghanistan. Lara Jakes, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Jan. 2023 How important is the moon as a way station to Mars? Corey S. Powell, Discover Magazine, 30 May 2020 Subsequent missions will deliver and assemble modules of the Gateway space station that will orbit the moon, and could serve as a way station and proving ground for future expeditions to Mars. Ramin Skibba, WIRED, 12 Dec. 2022 The fenced facility in Gashora, about 40 miles south of Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, offering stark, clean rooms with double beds, is a way station for refugees awaiting asylum or resettlement elsewhere. Abdi Latif Dahir, New York Times, 10 Oct. 2022 Kazakhstan has also served as a way station for tens of thousands of Russian men fleeing military conscription. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2022 Since August, the town has served as a way station where migrants would wait for a few days while Mexican immigration authorities issued them a sort of transit pass that gave them time to make it to the U.S. border. Maria Verza, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Oct. 2022 Complete with construction of a permanent lunar outpost, the Artemis program is designed to establish a way station for travel to Mars – and beyond. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of way station was in 1840

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“Way station.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/way%20station. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

way station

noun
: a station or stopping place along a line of travel (as a railroad line)
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