Definition of outstation in English:


Line breaks: out|sta¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˈaʊtsteɪʃ(ə)n


  • 1A branch of an organization situated at some distance from its headquarters: information is passed between the Grid Control Centre and the outstations
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    • Other register offices register births in hospitals and perhaps have outstations in other public buildings, but we were the first to go into a supermarket.
    • Skateraw could become an outstation of the National Galleries, both as the repository of the archive and as home to new temporary shows and possibly to a sculpture park.
    • These men suffered tremendous hardship and sacrifice to help open up this country and provide supplies to the distant outstations.
  • 1.1 [as modifier] Indian Working in a place where one does not live: an outstation journalist
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    • Mr. Chandy says that the gates have to be shut on time since the groups (including outstation participants, colleges and schools) themselves come with over 40 persons.
    • It is a massive exercise in logistics to play host to several dozen outstation teams, arrange suitable accommodation, supply all the meals on time, and arrange transportation too.
    • There will be accommodation and lunch for outstation students.
  • 1.2Australian /NZ A part of a farming estate that is separate from the main estate.
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    • This former farming outstation at Koonya, near Port Arthur, housed convicts in the 1850s, and has its own museum and restored buildings.
  • 1.3Australian An autonomous Aboriginal community situated at some distance from a centre on which it depends.
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    • It served more than 40 outstations and communities.
    • Dr Bill Griffiths is director of the Northern Territory Catholic Education Office, which has schools in five major Indigenous communities and two outstations.
    • The Australian Electoral Commission goes to extraordinary lengths to provide voting facilities in outstations.

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