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Webster 1913 Edition


Station

Sta′tion

(stā′shŭn)
,
Noun.
[F., fr. L.
statio
, from
stare
,
statum
, to stand. See
Stand
.]
1.
The act of standing; also, attitude or pose in standing; posture.
[R.]
A
station
like the herald, Mercury.
Shakespeare
Their manner was to stand at prayer, whereupon their meetings unto that purpose . . . had the names of
stations
given them.
Hooker.
2.
A state of standing or rest; equilibrium.
[Obs.]
All progression is performed by drawing on or impelling forward some part which was before in
station
, or at quiet.
Sir T. Browne.
3.
The spot or place where anything stands, especially where a person or thing habitually stands, or is appointed to remain for a time;
as, the
station
of a sentinel
.
Specifically:
(a)
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.
(b)
The headquarters of the police force of any precinct.
(c)
The place at which an instrument is planted, or observations are made, as in surveying.
(d)
(Biol.)
The particular place, or kind of situation, in which a species naturally occurs; a habitat.
(e)
(Naut.)
A place to which ships may resort, and where they may anchor safely.
(f)
A place or region to which a government ship or fleet is assigned for duty.
(g)
(Mil.)
A place calculated for the rendezvous of troops, or for the distribution of them; also, a spot well adapted for offensive or defensive measures.
Wilhelm (Mil. Dict.)
.
(h)
(Mining)
An enlargement in a shaft or galley, used as a landing, or passing place, or for the accommodation of a pump, tank, etc.
4.
Post assigned; office; the part or department of public duty which a person is appointed to perform; sphere of duty or occupation; employment.
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.
R. Nelson.
5.
Situation; position; location.
The fig and date – why love they to remain
In middle
station
, and an even plain?
Prior.
6.
State; rank; condition of life; social status.
The greater part have kept, I see,
Their
station
.
Milton.
They in France of the best rank and
station
.
Shakespeare
7.
(Eccl.)
(a)
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.
(b)
(R. C. Ch.)
A church in which the procession of the clergy halts on stated days to say stated prayers.
Addis & Arnold.
(c)
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
.
Fairholt.
Station bill
.
(Naut.)
Same as
Quarter bill
, under
Quarter
.
Station house
.
(a)
The house serving for the headquarters of the police assigned to a certain district, and as a place of temporary confinement
.
(b)
The house used as a shelter at a railway station.
Station master
,
one who has charge of a station, esp. of a railway station.
Station pointer
(Surv.)
,
an instrument for locating on a chart the position of a place from which the angles subtended by three distant objects, whose positions are known, have been observed.
Station staff
(Surv.)
,
an instrument for taking angles in surveying.
Craig.
Syn.
Station
,
Depot
.
In the United States, a stopping place on a railway for passengers and freight is commonly called a depot: but to a considerable extent in official use, and in common speech, the more appropriate name, station, has been adopted.

Sta′tion

(stā′shŭn)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Stationed
(-shŭnd)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Stationing
.]
To place; to set; to appoint or assign to the occupation of a post, place, or office;
as, to
station
troops on the right of an army; to
station
a sentinel on a rampart; to
station
ships on the coast of Africa
.
He gained the brow of the hill, where the English phalanx was
stationed
.
Lyttelton.

Webster 1828 Edition


Station

STATION

,
Noun.
[L.]
1.
The act of standing.
Their manner was to stand at prayer--on which their meetings for that purpose received the name of stations.
2.
A state of rest.
All progression is preformed by drawing on or impelling forward what was before in station or at quiet. [Rare.]
3.
The spot or place where one stands, particularly where a person habitually stands, or is appointed to remain for a time; as the station of a sentinel. Each detachment of troops had its station.
4.
Post assigned; office; the part or department of public duty which a person is appointed to perform. The chief magistrate occupies the first political station in a nation. Other officers fill subordinate stations. The office of bishop is an ecclesiastical station of great importance. It is the duty of the executive to fill all civil and military stations with men of worth.
5.
Situation; position.
The fig and date, why love they to remain in middle station?
6.
Employment; occupation; business.
By sending the sabbath in retirement and religious exercises, we gain new strength and resolution to perform Gods will in our several stations the week following.
7.
Character; state.
The greater part have kept their station.
8.
Rank; condition of life. He can be contented with a humble station.
9.
In church history, 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.
10.
In the church of Rome, a church where indulgences are to be had on certain days.

STATION

,
Verb.
T.
To place; to set; or to appoint to the occupation of a post, place or office; as, to station troops on the right or left of an army; to station a sentinel on a rampart; to station ships on the coast of Africa or in the West Indies; to station a man at the head of the department of finance.

Definition 2022


Station

Station

See also: station and stâtion

German

Noun

Station f (genitive Station, plural Stationen)

  1. station (place)
  2. stopover
  3. ward (division in a hospital)

Derived terms

See also

station

station

See also: Station and stâtion

English

Noun

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.
    1. A regular stopping place for ground transportation.
      The next station is Esperanza.
    2. A ground transportation depot.
      It's right across from the bus station.
    3. 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."
      • 1922, Michael Arlen, “Ep./1/2”, in “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days:
        He walked. To the corner of Hamilton Place and Picadilly, and there stayed for a while, for it is a romantic station by night. The vague and careless rain looked like threads of gossamer silver passing across the light of the arc-lamps.
    4. (US) A gas station, service station.
      • 2012 October 31, David M. Halbfinger, "," 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.
  4. A place where workers are stationed.
    1. An official building from which police or firefighters operate.
      The police station is opposite the fire station.
    2. 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.
    3. A military base.
      She had a boyfriend at the station.
    4. A place used for broadcasting radio or television.
      I used to work at a radio station.
    5. (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.
  5. One of the Stations of the Cross.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?)
  8. Standing; rank; position.
    She had ambitions beyond her station.
    • John Milton (1608-1674)
      The greater part have kept, I see, / Their station.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
      they in France of the best rank and station
  9. A broadcasting entity.
    I used to listen to that radio station.
  10. (Newfoundland) A harbour or cove with a foreshore suitable for a facility to support nearby fishing.
  11. (surveying) Any of a sequence of equally spaced points along a path.
  12. The particular place, or kind of situation, in which a species naturally occurs; a habitat.
  13. (mining) An enlargement in a shaft or galley, used as a landing, or passing place, or for the accommodation of a pump, tank, etc.
  14. Post assigned; office; the part or department of public duty which a person is appointed to perform; sphere of duty or occupation; employment.
    • Robert Nelson (1656-1715)
      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

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

Derived terms

Translations

References

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

Verb

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.
    • 2012 November 10, Amy Lawrence, “Fulham's Mark Schwarzer saves late penalty in dramatic draw at Arsenal”, in The Guardian:
      The Costa Rican's lofted corner exposed Arsenal's own problems with marking, and Berbatov, stationed right in the middle of goal, only needed to take a gentle amble back to find the space to glance past Vito Mannone
  2. To put in place to perform military duty.
    They stationed me overseas just as fighting broke out.

Translations


Dutch

Pronunciation

Hyphenation: sta‧ti‧on

Noun

station n (plural stations, diminutive stationnetje n)

  1. station

French

Etymology

From Old French estation, estacion, a borrowing from Latin stātiō, stātiōnem.

Pronunciation

Noun

station f (plural stations)

  1. station

Anagrams


Swedish

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin statiō, statiōnem.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /staˈɧuːn/

Noun

station c

  1. station

Declension

Inflection of station 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative station stationen stationer stationerna
Genitive stations stationens stationers stationernas