station

noun
sta·​tion | \ ˈstā-shən How to pronounce station (audio) \

Definition of station

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the place or position in which something or someone stands or is assigned to stand or remain
b : any of the places in a manufacturing operation at which one part of the work is done
c : equipment used usually by one person for performing a particular job
2 : the act or manner of standing : posture
3 : a stopping place: such as
a(1) : a regular stopping place in a transportation route a bus station
(2) : the building connected with such a stopping place : depot sense 3
b : one of the stations of the cross
4a : a post or sphere of duty or occupation
b : a stock farm or ranch especially of Australia or New Zealand
5 : standing, rank a woman of high station
6 : a place for specialized observation and study of scientific phenomena a seismological station a marine biological station
7 : a place established to provide a public service: such as
a(1) : fire station
b : a branch post office
9a : a complete assemblage of radio or television equipment for transmitting or receiving
b : the place in which such a station is located

station

verb
stationed; stationing\ ˈstā-​sh(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce station (audio) \

Definition of station (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to assign to or set in a station or position : post entry 7 station a guard at the door

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Synonyms for station

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of station in a Sentence

Noun They drove him to the bus station. The waiters were at their stations in the dining room. The sailors were ordered to man their battle stations. He had married above his station. They were aware of her station in life. Verb He stationed the guards around the camp. They stationed troops at the border. He stationed himself by the door to greet the guests.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The station, which opened about 50 years ago, wasn’t designed to carry the roughly 600,000 daily commuter-rail and subway riders that have flowed through it on an average weekday. Paul Berger, WSJ, "New York Penn Station Expansion Plan Faces Opposition," 8 Apr. 2021 The research station, located right on the riverbank, was established by the American conservation biologist Mark Leighton in 1984. Wudan Yan, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Is Undoing Field Researchers’ Oldest Assumption," 7 Apr. 2021 Sean Spicer, Trump’s first press secretary, prime-time television on a station, Newsmax, that no one can find on their cable box. Washington Post, "Trump got evicted from ‘the swamp.’ Some of his people are trying to stick around.," 6 Apr. 2021 The local government that oversaw the disinfecting station, the Metropolitan Borough of Hackney (MBH) in northeast London, came into being in 1899 as part of the London Government Act. Jo Caird, Smithsonian Magazine, "This London Building Tells the Story of a Century’s Worth of Disease and Epidemics," 5 Apr. 2021 As Ovalle recited each station, Duran and the others knelt in place briefly. Liz Hardaway, San Antonio Express-News, "'In need of coming back' - San Antonians celebrate Good Friday together, not on a screen," 2 Apr. 2021 Church staff also related each station’s events, that focus on Jesus’ last day on Earth, to more contemporary events. Katie V. Jones, baltimoresun.com, "Churches in Howard County and Laurel again alter Easter plans due to COVID pandemic," 1 Apr. 2021 But why must they be held, columnist Carolina Miranda asks, at a train station, where commuters’ lives will be disrupted? Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: How big is the reopening risk?," 31 Mar. 2021 The event will take place on Saturday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and guests can enjoy a full taco menu, music, pastor grills, aguas frescas, a churro station, and more. Sonia Ramirez, Chron, "'World Taco Day' is officially becoming a Houston tradition," 29 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This is the 237th spacewalk devoted to station assembly and maintenance since construction began in 1998 and the fifth so far this year. William Harwood, CBS News, "Watch Live: Astronauts step outside space station to wrap up unfinished work," 13 Mar. 2021 If not, try to station yourself near open doors or windows that are able to pull in fresh air. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "CDC updates: Wear a mask while exercising indoors at gyms," 9 Mar. 2021 Minnesota's governor recently granted a request from Mayor Jacob Frey, an ardent liberal who opposes slashing the police budget, to station National Guard troops in the city to help maintain peace for the duration of the trial. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Minneapolis on edge as prosecutors finalize case against Derek Chauvin," 5 Mar. 2021 The commissioners argued over issues minor and significant, including how to consider claims that absentee ballots were illegally issued and where observers could station themselves. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin recount gets off to a rough start as Elections Commission repeatedly clashes," 18 Nov. 2020 The commissioners argued over issues minor and significant, including how to consider claims that absentee ballots were illegally issued and where observers could station themselves. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin recount gets off to a rough start as Elections Commission repeatedly clashes," 18 Nov. 2020 The commissioners argued over issues minor and significant, including how to consider claims that absentee ballots were illegally issued and where observers could station themselves. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin recount gets off to a rough start as Elections Commission repeatedly clashes," 18 Nov. 2020 Some of the loud displays, often from supporters of President Trump and particularly frustrating to Democrats, have prompted local law enforcement agencies to station officers near polling places to keep the peace. Washington Post, "Jeering sign-wavers. Caravans of honking trucks. Voter intimidation or free speech?," 27 Oct. 2020 The department already changed policies and will station the incident commander in the mobile command bus rather than on the ground. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Cleveland’s review of police response to May 30 protest highlights officers’ confusion and mismanagement, sidesteps criticism of use of force," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of station

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1685, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for station

Noun

Middle English stacioun, from Anglo-French estation, statiun, from Latin station-, statio, from stare to stand — more at stand

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The first known use of station was in the 14th century

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11 Apr 2021

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“Station.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/station. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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station

noun

English Language Learners Definition of station

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a place where buses, trains, etc., regularly stop so that passengers can get on and off
: a place where someone does a job or waits for a task
old-fashioned : a person's social or official position in relation to others

station

verb

English Language Learners Definition of station (Entry 2 of 2)

: to assign (someone) to a station or position
: to put (yourself) in a place and stay there for a period of time

station

noun
sta·​tion | \ ˈstā-shən How to pronounce station (audio) \

Kids Definition of station

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a regular stopping place (as on a bus, train, or subway line) : depot
2 : a place for specialized observation or for a public service weather station police station
3 : a collection of or the place that contains radio or television equipment for transmitting or receiving
4 : position entry 1 sense 5, rank a person of high station
5 : the place or position where a person or thing stands or is assigned to stand or remain Don't leave your station.
6 : a post or area of duty military station

station

verb
stationed; stationing

Kids Definition of station (Entry 2 of 2)

: to assign to or set in a post or position : post … these two crafty women stationed themselves at the front gate … and started charging everyone for coming in.— Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

station

noun
sta·​tion | \ ˈstā-shən How to pronounce station (audio) \

Medical Definition of station

1 : the place at which someone is positioned or is assigned to remain the nurse's station on a hospital ward
2 : the act or manner of standing : posture station was unsteady with the eyes open or closedDiseases of the Nervous System
3 : a place established to provide a service — see aid station

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