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

  • n. A place or position where a person or thing stands or is assigned to stand; a post: a sentry station.
  • n. An area where a person is assigned to work.
  • n. The place, building, or establishment from which a service is provided or operations are directed: a police station.
  • n. A stopping place along a route, especially a stop for refueling or for taking on passengers; a depot.
  • n. Social position; rank: "He was degraded in their eyes; he had lost caste and station before the very paupers” ( Charles Dickens).
  • n. An establishment equipped for observation and study: a radar station.
  • n. An establishment equipped for radio or television transmission.
  • n. One that broadcasts radio or television transmissions: the views in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the station.
  • n. A frequency assigned to a broadcaster.
  • n. An input or output point along a communications system.
  • n. A precise point from which measurements in surveying are made.
  • n. Ecology The normal habitat of a particular plant or animal community.
  • n. Ecology The exact place of occurrence of a species or individual within a given habitat.
  • n. Roman Catholic Church Any of the 14 Stations of the Cross.
  • transitive v. To assign to a position; post.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The fact of standing still; motionlessness, stasis.
  • n. A stopping place
  • n. The apparent standing still of a superior planet just before it begins or ends its retrograde motion.
  • n. A regular stopping place for ground transportation.
  • n. A ground transportation depot.
  • n. One of the Stations of the Cross.
  • n. A place where one stands or stays or is assigned to stand or stay.
  • n. A place where one performs a tasks or where one is on call to perform a task.
  • n. Standing; rank; position.
  • n. A military base.
  • n. A place used for broadcasting radio or television.
  • n. A broadcasting entity.
  • n. A gas station, service station
  • n. A very large sheep or cattle farm.
  • n. A harbour or cove with a foreshore suitable for a facility to support nearby fishing.
  • n. Any of a sequence of equally spaced points along a path.
  • v. To put in place to perform a task.
  • v. To put in place to perform military duty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of standing; also, attitude or pose in standing; posture.
  • n. A state of standing or rest; equilibrium.
  • n. The spot or place where anything stands, especially where a person or thing habitually stands, or is appointed to remain for a time.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The headquarters of the police force of any precinct.
  • n. The place at which an instrument is planted, or observations are made, as in surveying.
  • n. The particular place, or kind of situation, in which a species naturally occurs; a habitat.
  • n. A place to which ships may resort, and where they may anchor safely.
  • n. A place or region to which a government ship or fleet is assigned for duty.
  • n. A place calculated for the rendezvous of troops, or for the distribution of them; also, a spot well adapted for offensive or defensive measures.
  • n. An enlargement in a shaft or galley, used as a landing, or passing place, or for the accommodation of a pump, tank, etc.
  • n. Post assigned; office; the part or department of public duty which a person is appointed to perform; sphere of duty or occupation; employment.
  • n. Situation; position; location.
  • n. State; rank; condition of life; social status.
  • n.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A church in which the procession of the clergy halts on stated days to say stated prayers.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To place; to set; to appoint or assign to the occupation of a post, place, or office.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To assign a station or position to: as, to station troops on the right or left of an army; to station a sentinel on a rampart; to station one's self at a door.
  • n. A standing still; a state of rest or inactivity.
  • n. Manner of standing; attitude; pose: rare except in the specific uses.
  • n. Specifically— In medicine, the steadiness (freedom from swaying) with which one stands.
  • n. The manner of standing or the attitude of live stock, particularly of exhibition game fowls: as, a duckwing game-cock of standard high station.
  • n. The spot or place where anything habitually stands or exists; particularly, the place to which a person is appointed and which he occupies for the performance of some duty; assigned post: as, a life-boat station; an observing-station; the station of a sentinel; the several stations of the officers and crew of a ship when the fire-signal is sounded.
  • n. The place where the police force of any district is assembled when not on duty; a district or branch police office. See police station, under police.
  • n. The place where the British officers of a district in India, or the officers of a garrison, reside; also, the aggregate of society in such a place: as, to ask the station to dinner.
  • n. The condition or position of an animal or a plant in its habitat, or its relation to its environment: often used synonymously with habitat (but habitat is simply the place where an animal or plant lives, station the condition under which it lives there).
  • n. In surveying: The place selected for planting the instrument with which an observation is to be made. A regular stopping-place.
  • n. Eccles.: In the early church, an assembly of the faithful in the church, especially for the celebration of the eucharist.
  • n. The fast and service on Wednesday and Friday (except between Easter and Pentecost), in memory of the council which condemned Christ, and of his passion.
  • n. Among Roman Catholics, a church where indulgences are to be obtained on certain days.
  • n. Situation; position.
  • n. Status; rank; standing; specifically, rank or standing in life; social state or position; condition of life; hence, high rank or standing.
  • n. In mining, an enlargement made in a shaft, level, or gangway to receive a pump, bob, tank, or machinery of any kind.
  • n. Synonyms . See depot.
  • n. In phytogeography, the spot at which a plant has been collected or a species has been observed to occur.
  • n. In the Meth. Ch., a single church supplied with a fixed pastor: distinguished from a circuit. See circuit, 9.
  • n. In zoology, the particular district or districts inhabited by a given group of animals. See area.

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

  • n. (nautical) the location to which a ship or fleet is assigned for duty
  • n. a facility equipped with special equipment and personnel for a particular purpose
  • v. assign to a station
  • n. proper or designated social situation
  • n. the position where someone (as a guard or sentry) stands or is assigned to stand
  • n. the frequency assigned to a broadcasting station


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

Middle English stacioun, from Old French station, from Latin statiō, statiōn-; see stā- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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