Definition of station noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

    for trains/buses
  1. 1   a place where trains stop so that passengers can get on and off; the buildings connected with this I get off at the next station. the main station Penn Station a train station (British English also) a railway station (British English) a tube/an underground station (North American English) a subway station Wordfinderaisle, buffet, carriage, connection, locomotive, luggage rack, platform, station, track, train See related entries: Buildings, Railway tracks and stations
  2. 2   (usually in compounds) a place where buses stop; the buildings connected with this a bus/coach station See related entries: Buildings
  3. In Britain, the word station on its own usually refers to the train station:Can you tell me the way to the station? In the US it is usual to say which station you are talking about:the train stationthe Greyhound Bus station
    for work/service
  4. 3   (usually in compounds) a place or building where a service is organized and provided or a special type of work is done a police station (British English) a petrol station (North American English) a gas station an agricultural research station a pollution monitoring station compare space station
  5. radio/TV company
  6. 4  (often in compounds) a radio or television company and the programmes it broadcasts a local radio/TV station He tuned to another station. Wordfinderair, announce, bulletin, jingle, phone-in, podcast, programme, public service broadcasting, radio, station See related entries: Radio broadcasting, Producing TV shows
  7. social position
  8. 5(old-fashioned or formal) your social position She was definitely getting ideas above her station.
  9. position
  10. 6a place where somebody has to wait and watch or be ready to do work if needed You are not to leave your station without permission. see also docking station
  11. large farm
  12. 7(usually in compounds) a large sheep or cattle farm in Australia or New Zealand See related entries: On the farm
  13. for army/navy
  14. 8a small base for the army or navy; the people living in it a naval station see also action stations See related entries: The navy
  15. Word OriginMiddle English (as a noun): via Old French from Latin statio(n-), from stare ‘to stand’. Early use referred generally to “position”, especially ‘position in life, status’, and specifically, in ecclesiastical use, to ‘a holy place of pilgrimage (visited as one of a group)’. The verb dates from the late 16th cent.Extra examples I can pick up a lot of foreign stations on this radio. I went into a polling station and cast my vote. The UK post was a way station to retirement. The bus leaves the station at 09.00 hours. The meeting had to be abandoned after local fire station officer, Dave Temple, was called away to a fire. The police led me into the station house. The station airs 14 hours of local news per week. The train arrived at Oxford Station twenty minutes late. There’s a newspaper kiosk in the station. We get off at the next station. We got to the station just as the train was pulling out. We stopped for a break at a motorway service station. We waited for him at the bus station. a digital radio station a gas station attendant the CIA station chief in Vietnam I bought a newspaper at the bus station. I’ll get a coffee at the station. I’ll give you a lift to the station. I’m getting off at the next station. Temple is the name of both a London tube station and a Paris metro station. The train left the station on time. The train was just arriving at the station. There was an explosion in a subway station. They met on the station platform. a local radio/​TV station the railroad/​train/​subway/​bus stationIdioms (British English, informal) a situation in which people feel anxious and there is a lot of confused activity, especially because there is a lot to do in a short period of time It was panic stations when the deadline was brought forward by a week.
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