(1)   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"
(2)   The position where someone (as a guard or sentry) stands or is assigned to stand
"A soldier manned the entrance post"
"A sentry station"
(3)   (nautical) the location to which a ship or fleet is assigned for duty
(4)   Proper or designated social situation
"He overstepped his place"
"The responsibilities of a man in his station"
"Married above her station"


(5)   Assign to a station


From , from , from , accusative of


  1. A stopping place
  2. A regular stopping place for ground transportation.
    The next station is Esperanza.
  3. A ground transportation depot.
    It's right across from the bus station.
  4. One of the Stations of the Cross.
  5. A place where one stands or stays or is assigned to stand or stay.
    From my station at the front door, I greeted every visitor.
    All ships are on station, Admiral.
  6. A place where one performs a tasks or where one is on call to perform a task.
    The waitress was at her station preparing three checks.
  7. Standing; rank; position.
    She had ambitions beyond her station.
  8. A military base.
    She had a boyfriend at the station.
  9. A place used for broadcasting radio or television.
    I used to work at a radio station.
  10. A broadcasting entity.
    I used to listen to that radio station.
  11. A very large sheep or cattle farm
    There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around, that the colt from old Regret had got away (A. B. Patterson, poet)
  12. A harbour or cove with a foreshore suitable for a facility to support nearby fishing.
  13. Any of a sequence of equally spaced points along a path.

Usage notes

In British English, the preposition one uses with station is “on”, as in “in the train or on the station” (a frequent usage on rail lines, 2008), presumably in the sense of “on the station [platform]”. In American English, one uses “in” as in “in the station”.


channel base, military base farm, ranch


  1. To put in place to perform a task.
    The host stationed me at the front door to greet visitors.
  2. To put in place to perform military duty.
    They stationed me overseas just as fighting broke out.