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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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 The players now occupy a room that looks more like a clubhouse and less like a way station for athletes waiting to catch a bus. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants fail to complete sweep of Brewers in finale of winning homestand," 16 June 2019 Rubin’s accomplishments can all be seen as way stations in a search for transcendence. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, "Barbara Rubin, Shameless Angel of Avant-Garde Cinema," 21 May 2019 More than 225,000 European immigrants and enslaved Africans spent time at the medical way station, dubbed the Lazaretto after St. Lazarus of Bethany, the patron saint of lepers, and a similar quarantine station in Venice. Inga Saffron, https://www.inquirer.com, "This building on the Delaware River saved immigrant lives for 95 years. Now it’s been rescued by Tinicum Twp. | Inga Saffron," 4 June 2019 The original house built on this sprawling waterfront property started out as a kind of way station—a convenient spot where Averell could change his clothes after a game of polo at the nearby Meadow Brook Club. Wendy Goodman, ELLE Decor, "Averell Harriman’s Legendary Long Island Home Sparked One Editor's Lifelong Love of Design," 22 May 2019 Stories like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Garden of Rama feature planets around Barnard’s star as way stations for interstellar travelers. Loren Grush, The Verge, "A cold ‘super-Earth’ may live around a nearby star," 14 Nov. 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

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

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