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English Dictionary: station by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
station
n
  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. proper or designated social situation; "he overstepped his place"; "the responsibilities of a man in his station"; "married above her station"
    Synonym(s): place, station
  3. (nautical) the location to which a ship or fleet is assigned for duty
  4. the position where someone (as a guard or sentry) stands or is assigned to stand; "a soldier manned the entrance post"; "a sentry station"
    Synonym(s): post, station
  5. the frequency assigned to a broadcasting station
v
  1. assign to a station [syn: station, post, send, place]
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Station \Sta"tion\, n.
      In Australia, a sheep run or cattle run, together with the
      buildings belonging to it; also, the homestead and buildings
      belonging to such a run.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Station \Sta"tion\, n. [F., fr. L. statio, from stare, statum,
      to stand. See {Stand}.]
      1. The act of standing; also, attitude or pose in standing;
            posture. [R.]
  
                     A station like the herald, Mercury.   --Shak.
  
                     Their manner was to stand at prayer, whereupon their
                     meetings unto that purpose . . . had the names of
                     stations given them.                           --Hooker.
  
      2. A state of standing or rest; equilibrium. [Obs.]
  
                     All progression is performed by drawing on or
                     impelling forward some part which was before in
                     station, or at quiet.                        --Sir T.
                                                                              Browne.
  
      3. The spot or place where anything stands, especially where
            a person or thing habitually stands, or is appointed to
            remain for a time; as, the station of a sentinel.
            Specifically:
            (a) A regular stopping place in a stage road or route; a
                  place where railroad trains regularly come to a stand,
                  for the convenience of passengers, taking in fuel,
                  moving freight, etc.
            (b) The headquarters of the police force of any precinct.
            (c) The place at which an instrument is planted, or
                  observations are made, as in surveying.
            (d) (Biol.) The particular place, or kind of situation, in
                  which a species naturally occurs; a habitat.
            (e) (Naut.) A place to which ships may resort, and where
                  they may anchor safely.
            (f) A place or region to which a government ship or fleet
                  is assigned for duty.
            (g) (Mil.) A place calculated for the rendezvous of
                  troops, or for the distribution of them; also, a spot
                  well adapted for offensive measures. --Wilhelm (Mil.
                  Dict.).
            (h) (Mining) An enlargement in a shaft or galley, used as
                  a landing, or passing place, or for the accomodation
                  of a pump, tank, etc.
  
      4. Post assigned; office; the part or department of public
            duty which a person is appointed to perform; sphere of
            duty or occupation; employment.
  
                     By spending this day [Sunday] in religious
                     exercises, we acquire new strength and resolution to
                     perform God's will in our several stations the week
                     following.                                          --R. Nelson.
  
      5. Situation; position; location.
  
                     The fig and date -- why love they to remain In
                     middle station, and an even plain?      --Prior.
  
      6. State; rank; condition of life; social status.
  
                     The greater part have kept, I see, Their station.
                                                                              --Milton.
  
                     They in France of the best rank and station. --Shak.
  
      7. (Eccl.)
            (a) The fast of the fourth and sixth days of the week,
                  Wednesday and Friday, in memory of the council which
                  condemned Christ, and of his passion.
            (b) (R. C. Ch.) A church in which the procession of the
                  clergy halts on stated days to say stated prayers.
                  --Addis & Arnold.
            (c) One of the places at which ecclesiastical processions
                  pause for the performance of an act of devotion;
                  formerly, the tomb of a martyr, or some similarly
                  consecrated spot; now, especially, one of those
                  representations of the successive stages of our Lord's
                  passion which are often placed round the naves of
                  large churches and by the side of the way leading to
                  sacred edifices or shrines, and which are visited in
                  rotation, stated services being performed at each; --
                  called also {Station of the cross}. --Fairholt.
  
      {Station bill}. (Naut.) Same as {Quarter bill}, under
            {Quarter}.
  
      {Station house}.
            (a) The house serving for the headquarters of the police
                  assigned to a certain district, and as a place of
                  temporary confinement.
            (b) The house used as a shelter at a railway station.
  
      {Station master}, one who has charge of a station, esp. of a
            railway station.
  
      {Station pointer} (Surv.), an instrument for locating on a
            chart the position of a place from which the angles
            subtended by three distant objects, whose positions are
            known, have been observed.
  
      {Station staff} (Surv.), an instrument for taking angles in
            surveying. --Craig.
  
      Syn: {Station}, {Depot}.
  
      Usage: In the United States, a stopping place on a railway
                  for passengers and freight is commonly called a depot:
                  but to a considerable extent in official use, and in
                  common speech, the more appropriate name, station, has
                  been adopted.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Station \Sta"tion\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stationed}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Stationing}.]
      To place; to set; to appoint or assign to the occupation of a
      post, place, or office; as, to station troops on the right of
      an army; to station a sentinel on a rampart; to station ships
      on the coasts of Africa.
  
               He gained the brow of the hill, where the English
               phalanx was stationed.                           --Lyttelton.
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