Webster 1913 Edition
[F., fr. L.
statum, to stand. See
The act of standing; also, attitude or pose in standing; posture.
stationlike the herald, Mercury.
Their manner was to stand at prayer, whereupon their meetings unto that purpose . . . had the names of
A state of standing or rest; equilibrium.
All progression is performed by drawing on or impelling forward some part which was before in
station, or at quiet.
Sir T. Browne.
The spot or place where anything stands, especially where a person or thing habitually stands, or is appointed to remain for a time;Specifically:
stationof a sentinel
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.
The headquarters of the police force of any precinct.
The place at which an instrument is planted, or observations are made, as in surveying.
The particular place, or kind of situation, in which a species naturally occurs; a habitat.
A place to which ships may resort, and where they may anchor safely.
A place or region to which a government ship or fleet is assigned for duty.
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.).
An enlargement in a shaft or galley, used as a landing, or passing place, or for the accommodation of a pump, tank, etc.
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
stationsthe week following.
Situation; position; location.
The fig and date – why love they to remain
station, and an even plain?
State; rank; condition of life; social status.
The greater part have kept, I see,
They in France of the best rank and
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.
(R. C. Ch.)
A church in which the procession of the clergy halts on stated days to say stated prayers.
Addis & Arnold.
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.
Quarter bill, under
The house serving for the headquarters of the police assigned to a certain district, and as a place of temporary confinement.
The house used as a shelter at a railway station.–
one who has charge of a station, esp. of a railway station.–
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.–
an instrument for taking angles in surveying.
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.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To place; to set; to appoint or assign to the occupation of a post, place, or office;
stationtroops on the right of an army; to
stationa sentinel on a rampart; to
stationships on the coast of Africa
He gained the brow of the hill, where the English phalanx was
Webster 1828 Edition
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.
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.
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.