station

[stey-shuhn]
noun
1.
a place or position in which a person or thing is normally located.
2.
a stopping place for trains or other land conveyances, for the transfer of freight or passengers.
3.
the building or buildings at such a stopping place.
4.
the district or municipal headquarters of certain public services: police station; fire station; postal station.
5.
a place equipped for some particular kind of work, service, research, or the like: gasoline station; geophysical station.
6.
the position, as of persons or things, in a scale of estimation, rank, or dignity; standing: the responsibility of persons of high station.
7.
a position, office, rank, calling, or the like.
8.
Radio and Television.
a.
a studio or building from which broadcasts originate.
b.
a person or organization originating and broadcasting messages or programs.
c.
a specific frequency or band of frequencies assigned to a regular or special broadcaster: Tune to the Civil Defense station.
d.
the complete equipment used in transmitting and receiving broadcasts.
9.
Military.
a.
a military place of duty.
b.
a semipermanent army post.
10.
Navy. a place or region to which a ship or fleet is assigned for duty.
11.
(formerly in India) the area in which the British officials of a district or the officers of a garrison resided.
12.
Biology. a particular area or type of region where a given animal or plant is found.
13.
Australian. a ranch with its buildings, land, etc., especially for raising sheep.
14.
Surveying.
a.
Also called instrument station, set-up. a point where an observation is taken.
b.
a precisely located reference point.
c.
a length of 100 feet (30 meters) along a survey line.
15.
a section or area assigned to a waiter, soldier, etc.; post: The waiter says this isn't his station.
17.
Archaic. the fact or condition of standing still.
verb (used with object)
18.
to assign a station to; place or post in a station or position.

Origin:
1350–1400; < Latin statiōn- (stem of statiō) a standing still, standing-place, equivalent to stat(us) (past participle of stāre to stand) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English stacioun < Anglo-French < Latin, as above

stational, adjective
interstation, adjective
restation, verb (used with object)
unstation, verb (used with object)
unstationed, adjective


1. situation, location. 3. depot, terminal. 7. metier, occupation, trade, business, employment. 15. See appointment. 18. position, locate, establish, set, fix.
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station (ˈsteɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the place or position at which a thing or person stands or is supposed to stand
2.  a.  a place along a route or line at which a bus, train, etc, stops for fuel or to pick up or let off passengers or goods, esp one with ancillary buildings and services: railway station
 b.  (as modifier): a station buffet
3.  a.  the headquarters or local offices of an official organization such as the police or fire services
 b.  police station See fire station (as modifier): a station sergeant
4.  a building, depot, etc, with special equipment for some particular purpose: power station; petrol station; television station
5.  military a place of duty: an action station
6.  navy
 a.  a location to which a ship or fleet is assigned for duty
 b.  an assigned location for a member of a ship's crew
7.  a radio or television channel
8.  a position or standing, as in a particular society or organization
9.  the type of one's occupation; calling
10.  (in British India) a place where the British district officials or garrison officers resided
11.  biology the type of habitat occupied by a particular animal or plant
12.  (Austral), (NZ) a large sheep or cattle farm
13.  surveying a point at which a reading is made or which is used as a point of reference
14.  (often capital) RC Church
 a.  one of the Stations of the Cross
 b.  any of the churches (station churches) in Rome that have been used from ancient times as points of assembly for religious processions and ceremonies on particular days (station days)
15.  (plural) (in rural Ireland) mass, preceded by confessions, held annually in a parishioner's dwelling and attended by other parishioners
 
vb
16.  (tr) to place in or assign to a station
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin statiō a standing still, from stāre to stand]

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Word Origin & History

station
c.1280, "place which one normally occupies," from O.Fr. station, from L. stationem (nom. statio) "a standing, post, job, position," related to stare "to stand," from PIE base *sta- "to stand" (see stet). The meaning "place for a special purpose" (e.g. polling station) is first
recorded 1823; radio station is from 1912. The meaning "regular stopping place" is first recorded 1797, in reference to coach routes; applied to railroads 1830. Meaning "each of a number of holy places visited in succession by pilgrims" is from c.1380, hence Station of the Cross (1553). The verb meaning "to assign a post or position to" is attested from 1748. Station wagon in the automobile sense is first recorded 1929, from earlier use for a horse-drawn conveyance that took passengers to and from railroad stations (1894). Station house "police station" is attested from 1836.
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Example sentences
The city formerly operated a garbage transfer station at the same location,
  without incident.
It's not clear how many drivers will actually plug in at the charging station.
Music will be playing from an iPod, or from a satellite or terrestrial radio
  station.
Your favorite radio station transmits on a specific frequency.
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