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Meaning of station by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English estacioun, from Anglo-Norman estation, from Latin statiōnem, accusative of statiō ( “standing, post, job, position” ) .


    • IPA: /ˈsteɪʃən/, X-SAMPA: /"steIS@n/
    • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


    station ( plural: stations )

    1. ( obsolete ) The fact of standing still; motionlessness, stasis.
    2. A stopping place
    3. A regular stopping place for ground transportation .
      The next station is Esperanza .
    4. A ground transportation depot .
      It's right across from the bus station .
    5. One of the Stations of the Cross .
    6. A place where one stands or stays or is assigned to stand or stay .
      From my station at the front door, I greeted every visitor .
      All ships are on station, Admiral .
    7. A place where one performs a tasks or where one is on call to perform a task .
      The waitress was at her station preparing three checks .
    8. Standing; rank; position .
      She had ambitions beyond her station .
    9. A military base .
      She had a boyfriend at the station .
    10. A place used for broadcasting radio or television .
      I used to work at a radio station .
    11. A broadcasting entity .
      I used to listen to that radio station .
    12. ( Australian, New Zealand ) A very large sheep or cattle farm
      There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around, that the colt from old Regret had got away ( A. B. Patterson, poet )
    13. ( Newfoundland ) A harbour or cove with a foreshore suitable for a facility to support nearby fishing .
    14. ( surveying ) Any of a sequence of equally spaced points along a path .

    Usage notes

    a train station.

    In British English, the preposition one uses with station is “on”, as in “in the train or on the station” ( a frequent usage on rail lines, 2008 ), presumably in the sense of “on the station [platform]”. In American English, one uses “in” as in “in the station” .


    See also

    • “station” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004. ( Newfoundland station )

Explanation of station by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. assign to a station

    1. a facility equipped with special equipment and personnel for a particular purpose

    2. he started looking for a gas station
      the train pulled into the station
    3. the frequency assigned to a broadcasting station

    4. the position where someone ( as a guard or sentry ) stands or is assigned to stand

    5. a sentry station
    6. the location to which a ship or fleet is assigned for duty

    7. proper or designated social situation

    8. the responsibilities of a man in his station
      married above her station

    Definition of station by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Station ( stāshŭn ), n. [F., fr. L. statio, from stare, statum, to stand. See Stand.]
      1. The act of standing; also, attitude or pose in standing; posture. [R.]

      A station like the herald, Mercury. Shak.

      Their manner was to stand at prayer, whereupon their meetings unto that purpose . . . had the names of stations given them. Hooker.

      2. A state of standing or rest; equilibrium. [Obs.]

      All progression is performed by drawing on or impelling forward some part which was before in station, or at quiet. Sir T. Browne.

      3. The spot or place where anything stands, especially where a person or thing habitually stands, or is appointed to remain for a time; as, “the station of a sentinel”. Specifically: A regular stopping place in a stage road or route; a place where railroad trains regularly come to a stand, for the convenience of passengers, taking in fuel, moving freight, etc. The headquarters of the police force of any precinct. The place at which an instrument is planted, or observations are made, as in surveying. ( Biol. ) The particular place, or kind of situation, in which a species naturally occurs; a habitat. ( Naut. ) A place to which ships may resort, and where they may anchor safely. A place or region to which a government ship or fleet is assigned for duty. ( Mil. ) A place calculated for the rendezvous of troops, or for the distribution of them; also, a spot well adapted for offensive or defensive measures. Wilhelm ( Mil. Dict. ). ( Mining ) An enlargement in a shaft or galley, used as a lan
      ding, or passing place, or for the accommodation of a pump, tank, etc.

      4. Post assigned; office; the part or department of public duty which a person is appointed to perform; sphere of duty or occupation; employment.

      By spending this day [Sunday] in religious exercises, we acquire new strength and resolution to perform God's will in our several stations the week following. R. Nelson.

      5. Situation; position; location.

      The fig and date -- why love they to remain

      In middle station, and an even plain? Prior.

      6. State; rank; condition of life; social status.

      The greater part have kept, I see,

      Their station. Milton.

      They in France of the best rank and station. Shak.

      7. ( Eccl. ) The fast of the fourth and sixth days of the week, Wednesday and Friday, in memory of the council which condemned Christ, and of his passion. ( R. C. Ch. ) A church in which the procession of the clergy halts on stated days to say stated prayers. Addis & Arnold. One of the places at which ecclesiastical processions pause for the performance of an act of devotion; formerly, the tomb of a martyr, or some similarly consecrated spot; now, especially, one of those representations of the successive stages of our Lord's passion which are often placed round the naves of large churches and by the side of the way leading to sacred edifices or shrines, and which are visited in rotation, stated services being performed at each; -- called also Station of the cross. Fairholt.

      8. In Australia, a sheep run or cattle run, together with the buildings belonging to it; also, the homestead and buildings belonging to such a run.

      Station bill. ( Naut. ) Same as Quarter bill, under Quarter. -- Station house. The house serving for the headquarters of the police assigned to a certain district, and as a place of temporary confinement. The house used as a shelter at a railway station. -- Station master, one who has charge of a station, esp. of a railway station. -- Station pointer ( Surv. ), an instrument for locating on a chart the position of a place from which the angles subtended by three distant objects, whose positions are known, have been observed. -- Station staff ( Surv. ), an instrument for taking angles in surveying. Craig.

      Syn. -- Station, Depot. In the United States, a stopping place on a railway for passengers and freight is commonly called a depot: but to a considerable extent in official use, and in common speech, the more appropriate name, station, has been adopted.

    2. Station ( stāshŭn ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stationed ( -shŭnd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Stationing.] To place; to set; to appoint or assign to the occupation of a post, place, or office; as, “to station troops on the right of an army; to station a sentinel on a rampart; to station ships on the coast of Africa”.

      He gained the brow of the hill, where the English phalanx was stationed. Lyttelton.