Definition of station in English:



  • 1A place on a railway line where trains regularly stop so that passengers can get on or off.

    ‘we walked back to the station and caught the train back to Brussels’
    [in names] ‘Paddington Station’
    • ‘A cheerful and contented audience hit the streets at twenty to eleven, heading for car parks, bus stops and the railway station.’
    • ‘Incidents involving confusion between departure terminals are also common when people go to railway stations to catch trains.’
    • ‘The picket lines at railway stations, schools and Dublin Airport are only the most visible signs of a huge discontent that is now sweeping Ireland.’
    • ‘Currently only a select number of these mail trains stop at these railway stations.’
    • ‘Thanks to the miracle that is capitalism, there are now espresso bars on the platforms at many British railway stations, so I stopped to buy a latte.’
    • ‘There are notices telling train passengers what to do in an air raid are being put up in all main line railway stations.’
    • ‘Velchev said that only the duty-free shops at international airports and on flights, and at international railway stations and on trains, would be allowed.’
    • ‘Bruno has to fly out from Madras, so next stop is the railway station to book his train ticket.’
    • ‘The programme was after office hours when it was time for everyone to proceed to bus stops and railway stations to commute to the northern suburbs.’
    • ‘She went to the railway station and queued alongside passengers on the westbound platform.’
    • ‘By 1850 Totton had a railway station and a spur line ran to Eling quay.’
    • ‘Thursday's bomb attacks on rush-hour trains and railway stations in Madrid killed 200 people and injured some 1,500 others.’
    • ‘We pass several Virginia railway express commuter stations, before stopping at Manassas.’
    • ‘The judges felt that the station design was ‘overstated’ and should be ‘more in scale with other railway stations along the line’.’
    • ‘Gaunt, filthy, and weak, Corrie made her way to the railway station and boarded a train for a three-day journey home to Holland.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He became separated from his friend at an early stage and, when he tried to make his way to the railway station to catch a train back to his Halifax home he was told there were no trains running.’
    • ‘If you are first time visitor, don't try to go there by train since the railway station is very confusing.’
    • ‘In London, railway stations (though not trains strangely) are still without litter bins because in the past they were used to plant bombs.’
    • ‘They called for more security personnel near railway stations and taxi passenger drop-off points, especially at night, describing these areas as crime hot spots.’
    stopping place, stop, halt, station stop, stage
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    1. 1.1A bus or coach station.
      stopping place, stop, halt, station stop, stage
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  • 2[usually with modifier] A place or building where a specified activity or service is based.

    ‘a research station in the rainforest’
    ‘coastal radar stations’
    • ‘Hidden below a farmhouse, it was part of a chain of underground, early warning radar stations along Scotland's east coast.’
    • ‘Wu called on party representatives in cities and counties around the country to turn their service offices into collection stations for the Ma campaign.’
    • ‘I think agriculture is still in a risky stage; there's been agricultural stations, research stations come and go in the Northern Territory.’
    • ‘Down on the ground, 162 Doppler radar stations around the United States read atmospheric conditions as close to earth as possible.’
    • ‘The buildings making up the Alice Springs repeater station are the oldest buildings of the town.’
    • ‘Less lovely is the backside of the Fylingdales radar station, quite a complex of buildings.’
    • ‘Radar stations and satellites provide the eyes, a US battlefield command centre the brains, and the ground launch interceptors the brawn.’
    • ‘There's a radar station perched nearby on the tallest hill for miles.’
    • ‘It aims at the development of a coastal radar station for marine surveillance.’
    • ‘Scottish botanists are flying to China to open a research station designed to educate locals and tourists on the value of the nation's plants.’
    • ‘Scientists are to hold Britain's coolest Golden Jubilee street party at a remote Antarctic research station.’
    • ‘From California to New York, there are about 100 biodiesel stations, which mainly service small commercial fleets.’
    • ‘Four years ago, when Metrowater decided to construct two of its water distribution stations there, activists did protest but to no avail.’
    • ‘But in order to intercept a nuclear strike, the US needs five radar stations to track the incoming missiles.’
    • ‘This is the man who travelled the length of the Maine coast by Greyhound bus to find out what was going on in its marine research stations.’
    • ‘The lease on the Hoy auxiliary coastguard station building, where they store their equipment is up for renewal in May.’
    • ‘Mr Brewer, a director of the Anglo Scottish Fish Producers' Association, hopes the report would prompt the service to restore coastguard stations to full-time cover.’
    • ‘Entering service in 1954, the radar stations were fully manual air defence systems with both aircraft control and early warning functions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Twight hung out at the Park Service rescue station or stayed in his tent.’
    establishment, base, base camp, camp
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    1. 2.1A small military base, especially of a specified kind.
      ‘a naval station’
      • ‘Bases and stations remain open while Marines are deployed; they and the family support services they offer will stay open for your families.’
      • ‘The equipment includes a rapidly deployable shelter that will act as a mobile field decontamination station.’
      • ‘Possibly the best thing about having military stations near your beat is the ability to visit and take a closer look.’
      • ‘Taiwan would use long-range missiles to strike China's inland military targets such as command centers, military supply stations, and airports.’
      • ‘That may explain the caliber of some of the senior leaders Jacobs observed processing through the mobilization station.’
      • ‘Pigeon Island was later a whaling station, a U.S. naval relay station during WWII, and home to a retired British actress.’
      • ‘There were watch stations and a strong military presence, but there was only so much territory they could cover.’
      • ‘The aircraft can be flown and weapons fired from either crew station.’
      • ‘In this way it was able to locate air bases and establish naval stations which would be invaluable if war occurred.’
      • ‘The boys at the battalion aid station can't handle the casualties.’
      • ‘The completed data sets are downloaded from the command station to the on-board flight control computer on the air vehicle.’
      • ‘Readying these soldiers for active duty is a tough mission that begins in earnest upon reporting to mobilization stations.’
      • ‘Look at structuring the push package to support the lowest level of stabilizing care, such as the battalion aid station.’
      • ‘The Thai military has three main stations around Thailand, one each in Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and in Pattaya.’
      • ‘If only ground transportation is available, how exactly will the casualty be evacuated to the battalion aid station?’
      • ‘As is known, the ergonomic norm for continuous operation by command staff at a command and control station is five to seven hours.’
      • ‘Extraordinarily, the songs were picked up by an array of US naval spy stations installed on the seabed off the north and west coasts of Britain and Ireland during the cold war.’
      • ‘The unit deployed to the mobilization station with minimal organizational equipment.’
      • ‘They learned where guerrilla hideouts were; where the best sites for ambushes or observation stations were; and how the seasons affected the roads.’
      • ‘The program benefited from stability at home stations until the Army ended it because of unit movements and base closures.’
      establishment, base, base camp, camp
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    2. 2.2North American A subsidiary post office.
      • ‘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.’
    3. 2.3Australian, NZ A large sheep or cattle farm.
      • ‘Prince Harry is off to spend a few weeks on a cattle and sheep station, location unknown.’
      • ‘I've got a long train trip to get home tomorrow; my folks run a sheep station way up north.’
      • ‘I can describe the dimensions of the place, but even though it's not big, as sheep stations go, it still feels too big to actually know.’
      • ‘If those plans are successful, Fowlers Gap, which is also a working sheep station, will host artists from around the world.’
      • ‘Hicks Bay marks the start of the large sheep and cattle stations which extend right along the East Coast to the south of the North Island.’
      • ‘But in 1960 he moved to Australia to work as a jackeroo at a sheep station in a town called Emu Springs.’
      • ‘He was on one large North Canterbury sheep station in a swampy area at the confluence of the Pahau and Hurunui Rivers.’
      • ‘The Langes first proposed that they buy the two stations, take the cattle off them and concentrate entirely on traditional merino sheep.’
      • ‘It has been described as the loneliest sheep station in New Zealand.’
      • ‘The cattle stations of Australia's far north were big business and there was no longer a place for sentiment and romance.’
      • ‘I went to New Zealand for a while to work at a sheep station, then I went to Melbourne.’
      • ‘With the help of the many Afghan cameleers it provided a much needed service to many of the isolated cattle and sheep stations.’
      • ‘Their efforts can be traced in the many historic sites around the state, from outback sheep stations to colonial lighthouses along the coast.’
      • ‘Outback House features 16 modern day Australians re-enacting life on an 1860s sheep station.’
      • ‘Sick of weak men, women artists, pianos and dreary sheep stations, Miller claimed he wanted to make a film about the ‘now’.’
      • ‘Another view of course is that Canberra is ‘A good sheep station, spoilt’.’
      • ‘Stockman work with stock - animals and jackaroos are what Australian farmers are called that work on outback stations with sheep or cattle.’
      • ‘In this film, the people of the outback get together on one of Australia's largest sheep stations for a sports day to raise money for the Flying Doctors' Service.’
      • ‘The rest of the lads are out ‘on the town’, they've been marooned on a sheep stations for a whole 10 days, so what will it be like letting them loose in public again?’
      • ‘Eddie is a hired hand on a sheep station after the Great War.’
      ranch, range
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  • 3[with modifier] A company involved in broadcasting of a specified kind.

    [as modifier] ‘a radio station’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is broadcast by radio stations throughout Nigeria and on BBC World Service, reaching an estimated audience of more than 20 million twice a week.’
    • ‘The BBC local radio station is broadcasting full match commentary from 10.00 am to noon on Saturday.’
    • ‘People can listen to Radio 1-and any other BBC radio station - via digital television.’
    • ‘We are now officially the most listened to BBC radio station in our broadcast area.’
    • ‘With Ad Council sponsorship, television and radio stations donate broadcast time for the public service announcements.’
    • ‘Anna is delighted to find an internet radio station broadcasting music by female artists and woman-fronted bands.’
    • ‘Later in the day, the same radio station broadcasts discussions on health issues and provides other educational content.’
    • ‘As it happens, all of the Book Festival's events are recorded by ABC, an Australian radio station, which broadcasts some of them later in the year.’
    • ‘A new commercial radio station began broadcasting to Fermanagh and most of Tyrone last Tuesday.’
    • ‘Going to court to force a radio station to broadcast your programming?’
    • ‘The attack in Strabane came as Britain also went on a public terror alert with radio stations broadcasting commercials over the weekend urging people to look out for suspicious packages.’
    • ‘Some broadcast stations even employ cameramen or producers to help out on the shows.’
    • ‘It will also lead to private TV and radio stations being allowed to broadcast in Kurdish.’
    • ‘This was the call sign of a Hamburg radio station which broadcast nightly news bulletins in English to the British people.’
    • ‘Radio stations were just broadcasting news of the failed attempt on Hitler's life; Allied and Soviet armies were advancing quickly on Germany.’
    • ‘Years of political pressure from the right have taken its toll on funding for public broadcasting and community radio stations across the nation.’
    • ‘As a community radio station with a limited broadcast range within the city it's sometimes difficult to get the word out.’
    • ‘An estimated 5,000 were turned away while commercial radio stations broadcast messages not to attend.’
    • ‘For months, more than a hundred radio stations broadcast trivia questions and gave away sample games to listeners.’
    channel, broadcasting organization
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  • 4The place where someone or something stands or is placed on military or other duty.

    ‘the lookout resumed his station in the bow’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Having half an hour left to remain on station, my copilot requested weather for Syracuse International.’
    • ‘In the end, operational necessity dictated we remain on station.’
    • ‘We had reported on station 10 miles west of the Albanian-Kosovo border at around 2200.’
    • ‘If the patrol gains contact, a scout weapons team can respond and be on station within minutes.’
    • ‘We had been on station for two to three minutes and were getting the lay of the land from another section of Cobras that had been on scene for some time.’
    • ‘Rockefeller's pews are pressed into duty as a staging station for the organ's pipes and sound boxes.’
    assigned position, post, area of duty, place, situation, location
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    1. 4.1dated [count noun]One's social rank or position.
      ‘Karen was getting ideas above her station’
      ‘different stations in life’
      • ‘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, level, grade, standing
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  • 5Botany
    A site at which a particular species, especially an interesting or rare one, grows or is found.

    • ‘Photographs were taken of plants at both stations, however, and were deposited at the research center.’
    • ‘Thus, the southernmost stations for the plant in natural habitats are on Virginia's James and Chickahominy Rivers.’
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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.’


  • 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’
    • ‘The bus will be stationed in Victoria Square in the city centre and will also visit the campus of Hull University.’
    • ‘France began stationing military personnel in French Polynesia in 1962.’
    • ‘Mr Walsh joined the Voluntary Corps and was stationed in the Middle East.’
    • ‘His father Michael is stationed in the army in Northern Ireland and his mother passed away three years ago.’
    • ‘We will continue to contribute to the purpose of stationing our troops there.’
    • ‘It was while stationed in Naas that he met his wife Mary, who is a native of County Galway.’
    • ‘Gurkha battalions have been stationed there in rotation for the past twenty-five years.’
    • ‘During the Second World War he was stationed in Burma, where three of their children were born.’
    • ‘I was four and my father was in the military, and we were stationed in Guam in the Pacific.’
    • ‘It was a military target since that's where the British forces were stationed.’
    • ‘A number of police community support officers are also stationed at Littleborough.’
    • ‘Police officers are to be stationed at schools under a project being launched by the Home Office’
    • ‘The project to design the human settlement is proposed to be stationed in space.’
    • ‘A priest was stationed with a round brass tray which held an oil lamp, cow dung ash, and flowers.’
    • ‘You must remember that a military gunboat is still stationed in Carlingford Lough.’
    • ‘An Air Jamaica flight attendant was stationed at the departure gate to check tickets.’
    • ‘It also joined Malaysia in opposing an American plan to tighten security in the vital Malacca Straits shipping lanes, which might have meant stationing US troops nearby.’
    • ‘Military bases minimize enchantment, especially if you're stationed on one.’
    • ‘He and the members of his International Rescue Corps are stationed at an Iranian military base in the city.’
    • ‘Anderson has a record of stationing himself in the winning camp.’
    put on duty, post, position, place, set, locate, site
    establish, install
    deploy, base, garrison
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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.