station

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

a train station.

station (plural stations)

  1. (obsolete) The fact of standing still; motionlessness, stasis.
    • 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, III.5:
      [] the cross legs [are] moving or resting together, so that two are always in motion and two in station at the same time []
  2. (astronomy) The apparent standing still of a superior planet just before it begins or ends its retrograde motion.
  3. A stopping place.
  4. A regular stopping place for ground transportation.
    The next station is Esperanza.
  5. A ground transportation depot.
    It's right across from the bus station.
  6. An official building from which police or firefighters operate.
    The police station is opposite the fire station.
  7. One of the Stations of the Cross.
  8. The Roman Catholic 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.
  9. A church in which the procession of the clergy halts on stated days to say stated prayers.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Addis & Arnold to this entry?)
  10. A place where one stands or stays or is assigned to stand or stay.
    From my station at the front door, I greeted every visitor.
    All ships are on station, Admiral.
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde
      " [] Meanwhile, lest anything should really be amiss, or any malefactor seek to escape by the back, you and the boy must go round the corner with a pair of good sticks and take your post at the laboratory door. We give you ten minutes, to get to your stations."
  11. A place where one performs a task or where one is on call to perform a task.
    The waitress was at her station preparing three checks.
  12. Standing; rank; position.
    She had ambitions beyond her station.
    • Milton
      The greater part have kept, I see, / Their station.
    • Shakespeare
      they in France of the best rank and station
  13. A military base.
    She had a boyfriend at the station.
  14. A place used for broadcasting radio or television.
    I used to work at a radio station.
  15. A broadcasting entity.
    I used to listen to that radio station.
  16. (US) A gas station, service station
    • 2012 October 31, David M. Halbfinger, "[1]," New York Times (retrieved 31 October 2012):
      Localities across New Jersey imposed curfews to prevent looting. In Monmouth, Ocean and other counties, people waited for hours for gasoline at the few stations that had electricity. Supermarket shelves were stripped bare.
  17. (Australia, New Zealand) A very large sheep or cattle farm.
    • 1890, A. B. Paterson, The Man From Snowy River,
      There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around, / that the colt from old Regret had got away,
    • 1993, Kay Walsh, Joy W. Hooton, Dowker, L. O., entry in Australian Autobiographical Narratives: 1850-1900, page 69,
      Tiring of sheep, he took work on cattle stations, mustering cattle on vast unfenced holdings, and looking for work ‘nigger-bossing’, or supervising Aboriginal station hands.
    • 2003, Margo Daly, Anne Dehne, Rough Guide to Australia, page 654,
      The romance of the gritty station owner in a crumpled Akubra, his kids educated from the remote homestead by the School of the Air, while triple-trailer road trains drag tornadoes of dust across the plains, creates a stirring idea of the modern-day pioneer battling against the elemental Outback.
  18. (Newfoundland) A harbour or cove with a foreshore suitable for a facility to support nearby fishing.
  19. (surveying) Any of a sequence of equally spaced points along a path.
  20. The particular place, or kind of situation, in which a species naturally occurs; a habitat.
  21. (mining) An enlargement in a shaft or galley, used as a landing, or passing place, or for the accommodation of a pump, tank, etc.
  22. Post assigned; office; the part or department of public duty which a person is appointed to perform; sphere of duty or occupation; employment.
    • R. Nelson
      By spending this day [Sunday] in religious exercises, we acquire new strength and resolution to perform God's will in our several stations the week following.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (broadcasting entity): (that broadcasts television) channel
  • (ground transport depot): sta (abbreviation)
  • (military base): base, military base
  • (large sheep or cattle farm): farm, ranch

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References[edit]

  • “station” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004. (Newfoundland station)

Verb[edit]

station (third-person singular simple present stations, present participle stationing, simple past and past participle stationed) (transitive)

  1. To put in place to perform a task.
    The host stationed me at the front door to greet visitors.
  2. To put in place to perform military duty.
    They stationed me overseas just as fighting broke out.

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Dutch[edit]

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Hyphenation: sta‧ti‧on

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station n (plural stations, diminutive stationnetje n)

  1. station

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French estacion, borrowed from Latin statio, stationem.

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station f (plural stations)

  1. station

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station c

  1. station

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