A station is a regular stopping place, like a bus station, a train station, or even a radio station.

To understand all the jobs the word station has, check out its past — station comes from the Latin stationem for "a job or position," via the word stare which means "to stand.” A station can be where trains “stand,” or a police station where police do their job. Your station in life is your social place. It’s also a verb — like when the military stations troops to protect a border.

Definitions of station

n a facility equipped with special equipment and personnel for a particular purpose

“he started looking for a gas station
“the train pulled into the station
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broadcast station, broadcasting station
a station equipped to broadcast radio or television programs
fire station, firehouse
a station housing fire apparatus and firemen
first-aid station
a station providing emergency care or treatment before regular medical aid can be obtained
observation station
a station set up for making observations of something
police headquarters, police station, station house
a station that serves as headquarters for police in a particular district; serves as a place from which policemen are dispatched and to which arrested persons are brought
power plant, power station, powerhouse
an electrical generating station
service station
a station where gasoline and oil are sold and facilities are available for repairing or maintaining automobiles
a subsidiary station where electricity is transformed for distribution by a low-voltage network
depot, terminal, terminus
station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods
air terminal, airport terminal
a terminal that serves air travelers or air freight
bus depot, bus station, bus terminal, coach station
a terminal that serves bus passengers
the positively charged terminal of a voltaic cell or storage battery that supplies current
aid station, dressing station
(military) a station located near a combat area for giving first aid to the wounded
filling station, gas station, gasoline station, petrol station
a service station that sells gasoline
radio station
station for the production and transmission of AM or FM radio broadcasts
railroad station, railroad terminal, railway station, train depot, train station
terminal where trains load or unload passengers or goods
sampler, sampling station
an observation station that is set up to make sample observations of something
subway station
a terminal where subways load and unload passengers
TV station, television station
station for the production and transmission of television broadcasts
truck stop
a roadside service station (and restaurant) that caters to truck drivers
wind energy facility, wind farm, wind park
a power plant that uses wind turbines to generate electricity
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facility, installation
a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry

n the position where someone (as a guard or sentry) stands or is assigned to stand

“a sentry station
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a defensive post at the end of a bridge nearest to the enemy
lookout, observation post
an elevated post affording a wide view
outpost, outstation
a station in a remote or sparsely populated location
meteorological observation post, weather station
one of a network of observation posts where meteorological data is recorded
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place, position
the particular portion of space occupied by something

n proper or designated social situation

“the responsibilities of a man in his station
“married above her station
a position particularly well suited to the person who occupies it
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rank, social rank, social station, social status
position in a social hierarchy

n the frequency assigned to a broadcasting station

Type of:
radio frequency
an electromagnetic wave frequency between audio and infrared

n (nautical) the location to which a ship or fleet is assigned for duty

Type of:
place, position
the particular portion of space occupied by something

v assign to a station

place, post, send
station (troops) in a fort or garrison
station (troops) in a fort
locate, place, site
assign a location to
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displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

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