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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A railroad or bus station.
  • n. A warehouse or storehouse.
  • n. A storage installation for military equipment and supplies.
  • n. A station for assembling military recruits and forwarding them to active units.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a warehouse or similar storage facility
  • n. a bus or railway station
  • n. a place where military recruits are assembled before being sent to active units

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A place of deposit for the storing of goods; a warehouse; a storehouse.
  • n.
  • n. A military station where stores and provisions are kept, or where recruits are assembled and drilled.
  • n. The headquarters of a regiment, where all supplies are received and distributed, recruits are assembled and instructed, infirm or disabled soldiers are taken care of, and all the wants of the regiment are provided for.
  • n. A railway station; a building for the accommodation and protection of railway passengers or freight.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A place of deposit; a depository; a warehouse or storehouse for receiving goods for storage, sale, or transfer, as on a railroad or other line of transportation.
  • n. Specifically A railroad-station; a building for the accommodation and shelter of passengers and the receipt and transfer of freight by railroad.
  • n. Milit.: A military magazine, as a fort, where stores, ammunition, etc., are deposited; or a station where recruits for different regiments are received and drilled, and where soldiers who cannot accompany their regiments remain.
  • n. The headquarters of a regiment, where all supplies are received and whence they are distributed.
  • n. In Great Britain, that portion of a battalion, generally consisting of two companies, which remains at home when the rest are ordered on foreign service.
  • n. In fortification, a particular place at the tail of the trenches, out of the reach of the cannon of the place, where the troops generally assemble who are ordered to attack the outworks.
  • n. Sometimes written with the French accents, dépôt or depôt.
  • n. Synonyms Depot, Station, Freight-house. In the United States, at first the places for landing railroad-passengers and -freight were called depots, passenger-depots, freight-depots; but the use of station for the landing-place of passengers is gradually increasing, while freight-house is the most common word for a separate storage-place.
  • n. Milit.: A place where military prisoners are confined.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a depository for goods
  • n. station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods

Etymologies

French dépôt, from Old French depost, from Latin dēpositum, something deposited, from neuter past participle of dēpōnere, to put down, deposit; see depone.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French dépôt, from Old French depost, from Medieval Latin dēpositum, from Latin, participle of dēpōnō, dēpōnere. (Wiktionary)

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