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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For years, Venezuela had a network of public institutions for vulnerable children — traditionally way stations for those needing temporary or long-term protection. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, "Venezuela’s economy is so bad, parents are leaving their children at orphanages," 12 Feb. 2018 And many use Walmart as a way station, or a place to find supplies or even live from time to time, says the group's executive director Mark Broms. J.d. Gallop, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Nearly half a dozen people have died in Walmart parking lots in Brevard County since 2015," 24 June 2018 The town of Grande-Synthe, the site of the two evacuations, is a way station for some migrants, many of them Iraqi Kurds, seeking passage to Britain. Washington Post, "World Digest: June 11, 2018," 11 June 2018 But college for me was not a way station to a career in tech, finance, or consulting. Chris Hughes, Town & Country, "Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes Explains Why There's No Substitute for the College Experience," 10 July 2018 Such an approach might appeal not only to a worker who doubts the state’s promises, but any worker who views a public-sector job as a way station rather than a lifetime commitment. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "The Court Shows the System Works," 6 July 2018 Other picturesque way stations include the Big Sur estate of one of Grandpa’s wealthy customers (Peter Fonda), a Buddhist monastery and the home of a hippie art forger (Christopher Lloyd). Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "‘Boundaries’: Pot-dealing Christopher Plummer plus adorable dogs equals fun road movie," 5 July 2018 Other picturesque way stations include the Big Sur estate of one of Grandpa's wealthy customers (Peter Fonda), a Buddhist monastery and the home of a hippie art forger (Christopher Lloyd). Michael O'sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "'Boundaries' review: A family road trip to reconciliation and maybe, understanding," 28 June 2018 Groups of people headed for the border came to this way station, then made their way to the border once darkness fell. Maria E. Andreu, Teen Vogue, "I Could Have Been Separated From My Mother While Crossing the Border Between the United States and Mexico," 18 June 2018

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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

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

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