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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Synonyms for way station


station, stop

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Examples of way station in a Sentence

a way station for truck drivers

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Most camps worldwide are still built as temporary way stations. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "In Uganda, a unique urban experiment is under way," 17 June 2019 Bangor was a way station on the Underground Railroad, and some of the smuggling of people into Canada out of slavery was done by ships. Daneet Steffens, BostonGlobe.com, "Margaret Atwood’s powerful ‘The Testaments’ picks up 15 years after ‘Handmaid’s Tale’," 4 Sep. 2019 Increasingly, though, executive airports are more like corporate way stations run by management companies that have multiple locations such as Signature, Million Air, and Flightline. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Private Airports," 12 July 2019 Others believe that abandoning the moon-orbiting way station is key to moving ahead. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "NASA shake-up leaves space program in confusion," 11 July 2019 This new episode explores how the moon could provide an abundance of rare metals and hydrogen fuel, as well as provide a useful way station for human missions to more distant destinations such as Mars. Ed Stockly, latimes.com, "What's on TV Wednesday: 'Snowfall' on FX," 9 July 2019 El Paso only recently became a way station for thousands of migrants fleeing poverty and murders in Guatemala and Honduras, many of them families. Washington Post, "Before massacre, El Paso became a hot spot on Mexican border," 6 Aug. 2019 With potential resources on the line — water ice that potentially could be broken down into oxygen for supporting human life and hydrogen for fuel — the idea of a lunar way station for a Mars mission does not seem farfetched. Sue Mcmillin, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: 50 years after the moon landing is no time to relaunch a go-it-alone space race," 19 July 2019 Here’s a snapshot of 12 overnight hours in the life of a 24-hour Calexico doughnut shop that has become a way station for the workers who commute across the border daily. Julia Wick, latimes.com, "Essential California: The untold aftermath of smoke pollution from the Camp fire," 12 July 2019

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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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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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