n. & v.
n. 1 a a regular stopping place on a railway line, with a platform and usu. administrative buildings. b these buildings (see also bus station, coach station). 2 a place or building etc. where a person or thing stands or is placed, esp. habitually or for a definite purpose. 3 a a designated point or establishment where a particular service or activity is based or organized (police station; polling station). b US a subsidiary post office. 4 an establishment involved in radio or television broadcasting. 5 a a military or naval base esp. hist. in India. b the inhabitants of this. 6 position in life; rank or status (ideas above your station). 7 Austral. & NZ a large sheep or cattle farm. 8 Bot. a particular place where an unusual species etc. grows.
v.tr. 1 assign a station to. 2 put in position. station-bill Naut. a list showing the prescribed stations of a ship's crew for various drills or in an emergency. station break US a pause between broadcast programmes for an announcement of the identity of the station transmitting them. station hand Austral. a worker on a large sheep or cattle farm. station house US a police station. station-keeping the maintenance of one's proper relative position in a moving body of ships etc. station of the cross RC Ch. a each of a series of usu. 14 images or pictures representing the events in Christ's passion before which devotions are performed in some churches. b each of these devotions. station pointer Naut. a ship's navigational instrument, often a three-armed protractor, for fixing one's place on a chart from the angle in the horizontal plane between two land- or sea-marks. station sergeant Brit. the sergeant in charge of a police station. station-wagon an estate car.
[ ME, = standing, f. OF f. L statio -onis f. stare stand ]