way station

noun

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

Examples of way station in a Sentence

a way station for truck drivers
Recent Examples on the Web When Black Lives Matter activism resurged in the wake of George Floyd’s death, the theater opened its lobby as a way station so protesters could get water and use the bathrooms. E. Alex Jung, Vulture, 22 Feb. 2024 Even in high-modern societies, the sum of values and behaviors is more like a kaleidoscope than a way station along a predetermined developmental path. Charles King, Foreign Affairs, 24 Oct. 2023 Many archeologists have theorized that the island, served as a sort of way station for travelers en route to destinations further south and east, like Australia. Paul Smaglik, Discover Magazine, 22 May 2024 Located a few miles offshore, the floating platform is a way station for aid as it's unloaded off cargo ships onto trucks that are then carried aboard small vessels that will take them to the causeway, which is attached to land. Luis Martinez, ABC News, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for way station 

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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 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

way station

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