Definition of station in English:


Syllabification: sta·tion
Pronunciation: /ˈstāSHən


  • 1A regular stopping place on a public transportation route, especially one on a railroad line with a platform and often one or more buildings.
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    • Bruno has to fly out from Madras, so next stop is the railway station to book his train ticket.
    • We pass several Virginia railway express commuter stations, before stopping at Manassas.
    • Many bus services finish at 7 pm, few buses stop outside train stations and passengers are forced to walk long distances to catch another bus or train.
  • 2 [usually with modifier] A place or building where a specified activity or service is based: a research station in the rain forest coastal radar stations
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    • The lease on the Hoy auxiliary coastguard station building, where they store their equipment is up for renewal in May.
    • It aims at the development of a coastal radar station for marine surveillance.
    • The new system at Burrington, north Devon, is the first of the National Air Traffic Services' 19 radar stations to be replaced as part of a nine-year upgrade programme.
  • 2.1A small military base, especially of a specified kind: a naval station
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    • In this way it was able to locate air bases and establish naval stations which would be invaluable if war occurred.
    • Possibly the best thing about having military stations near your beat is the ability to visit and take a closer look.
    • As is known, the ergonomic norm for continuous operation by command staff at a command and control station is five to seven hours.
  • 2.2A police station.
  • 2.3North American A subsidiary post office.
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    • Now, what does the postal inspectors look at at the post office station before it comes to the recipient?
    • It had two stores, a post office and telegraph station, wheelwrights, blacksmiths and a pound.
  • 2.4Australian/New Zealand A large sheep or cattle farm.
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    • Prince Harry is off to spend a few weeks on a cattle and sheep station, location unknown.
    • With the help of the many Afghan cameleers it provided a much needed service to many of the isolated cattle and sheep stations.
    • Stockman work with stock - animals and jackaroos are what Australian farmers are called that work on outback stations with sheep or cattle.
  • 3 [with adjective] A company involved in broadcasting of a specified kind: a radio station
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    • All six BBC local radio stations will be broadcasting from the roadshow venues and there will be the opportunity for people to meet some of the region's favourite broadcasters.
    • The BBC local radio station is broadcasting full match commentary from 10.00 am to noon on Saturday.
    • We are now officially the most listened to BBC radio station in our broadcast area.
    channel, broadcasting organization; wavelength
  • 4The place where someone or something stands or is placed on military or other duty: the lookout resumed his station in the bow
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    • It's the kind of record you know you're going to buy twenty seconds into it but you stand at the listening station and sample every track anyway.
    • Rockefeller's pews are pressed into duty as a staging station for the organ's pipes and sound boxes.
    • If the patrol gains contact, a scout weapons team can respond and be on station within minutes.
    post, position, place
  • 4.1 dated One’s social rank or position: Karen was getting ideas above her station
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    • He is more interested in the bonds between people than their social or economic stations.
    • Marrying above one's station has been the source of fairy tales, mythology, and Hollywood movies.
    • It is not a far cry from thinking a person is beneath one's station to thinking a person's function is beneath one's station.
    rank, place, status, position in society, social class, stratum, level, grade; caste
    archaic condition, degree
  • 5 Botany A site at which a particular species, especially an interesting or rare one, grows or is found.
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    • Thus, the southernmost stations for the plant in natural habitats are on Virginia's James and Chickahominy Rivers.
    • Photographs were taken of plants at both stations, however, and were deposited at the research center.
  • 6 short for Stations of the Cross.
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    • The stations seem to have originated in the pious practice of pilgrims to the Holy Land who visited the sites of the life, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus.


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  • Put in or assign to a specified place for a particular purpose, especially a military one: troops were stationed in the town a young girl had stationed herself by the door
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    • We will continue to contribute to the purpose of stationing our troops there.
    • He and the members of his International Rescue Corps are stationed at an Iranian military base in the city.
    • France began stationing military personnel in French Polynesia in 1962.
    put on duty, post, position, place; establish, install; deploy, base, garrison


Middle English (as a noun): via Old French from Latin statio(n-), from stare 'to stand'. Early use referred generally to 'position', especially 'position in life, status', and specifically, in ecclesiastical use, to 'a holy place of pilgrimage (visited as one of a succession).' The verb dates from the late 16th century.

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