Meaning of STATION in English

I. sta ‧ tion 1 S1 W1 /ˈsteɪʃ ə n/ BrE AmE noun

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: French ; Origin: Latin statio 'place for standing or stopping' , from stare 'to stand' ]

1 . TRAIN/BUS [countable] a place where trains or buses regularly stop so that passengers can get on and off, goods can be loaded etc, or the buildings at such a place ⇨ terminus :

I want to get off at the next station.

Grand Central Station

Is there a waiting room in the station?

train station/railway station British English

the city bus station

2 . CENTRE FOR A SERVICE OR ACTIVITY [countable] a building or place that is a centre for a particular kind of service or activity:

a police station

a fire station

petrol station British English gas station American English (=where petrol is sold)

polling station (=where you vote in an election)

an Antarctic research station

⇨ ↑ action stations

3 . RADIO/TV [countable] an organization which makes television or radio broadcasts, or the building where this is done:

New York jazz station WBGO

a local TV station

4 . SOCIAL RANK [countable] old-fashioned your position in society:

Karen was definitely getting ideas above her station (=higher than her social rank) .

5 . POSITION [countable] formal a place where someone stands or sits in order to be ready to do something quickly if needed:

You’re not to leave your station unless told.

6 . FARM [countable] a large sheep or cattle farm in Australia or New Zealand

7 . ARMY/NAVY [countable] a small military establishment:

an isolated naval station

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▪ station a place where trains or buses regularly stop:

The town has its own railway station.


Paddington Station in west London


the bus station

▪ terminus the station or stop at the end of a railway or bus line:

We’ve arranged to meet her at the Victoria bus terminus.


the railway terminus in central Calcutta

▪ track [usually plural] the metal lines along which trains travel. This is sometimes used in American English to say which part of a station a train will leave from:

The passenger train, traveling at 120 mph, careered off the tracks.

▪ platform the raised place beside a railway track where you get on and off a train in a station – used especially to say which part of a station a train will leave from:

Trains for Oxford leave from Platform 2.

▪ ticket office ( also booking office British English ) the place at a station where tickets are sold:

You can buy rail tickets online or at the ticket office.

▪ departures board British English ( also departure board American English ) a board saying when and from which part of a station each train will leave:

The departures board said that the train was ten minutes late.

II. station 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive usually passive]

1 . to send someone in the military to a particular place for a period of time as part of their military duty SYN post :

I was stationed overseas at the time.

2 . formal to move to a particular place and stand or sit there, especially in order to be able to do something quickly, or to cause someone to do this:

A security guard was stationed near the door.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.