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.