station ( stations plural & 3rd person present) ( stationing present participle) ( stationed past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A station is a building by a railway line where trains stop so that people can get on or off.
oft n N
Ingrid went with him to the railway station to see him off...
2 n-count A bus station is a building, usually in a town or city, where buses stop, usually for a while, so that people can get on or off.
3 n-count If you talk about a particular radio or television station, you are referring to the programmes broadcast by a particular radio or television company.
oft n N
...an independent local radio station..., It claims to be the most popular television station in the UK.
4 v-passive If soldiers or officials are stationed in a place, they are sent there to do a job or to work for a period of time.
Reports from the capital, Lome, say troops are stationed on the streets... be V-ed prep/adv
5 verb If you stationyourself somewhere, you go there and wait, usually for a particular purpose.
The musicians stationed themselves quickly on either side of the stairs... V pron-refl prep/adv
fire station →
gas station →
petrol station →
police station →
power station →
service station →
space station →
coach station ( coach stations plural ) A coach station is an area or a building which coaches leave from or arrive at on regular journeys.
in AM, use bus station
filling station ( filling stations plural ) A filling station is a place where you can buy petrol and oil for your car.
(mainly BRIT) n-count
in AM, usually use gas station
fire station ( fire stations plural ) A fire station is a building where fire engines are kept, and where firefighters wait until they are called to put out a fire. n-count
gas station ( gas stations plural ) A gas station is a place where you can buy fuel for your car.
in BRIT, use petrol station
petrol station ( petrol stations plural ) A petrol station is a garage by the side of the road where petrol is sold and put into vehicles.
in AM, use gas station
police station ( police stations plural ) A police station is the local office of a police force in a particular area. n-count oft in names
Two police officers arrested him and took him to Kensington police station.
polling station ( polling stations plural ) A polling station is a place where people go to vote at an election. It is often a school or other public building.
Queues formed even before polling stations opened.
in AM, use polling place
power station ( power stations plural ) A power station is a place where electricity is produced. n-count
service station ( service stations plural )
1 n-count A service station is a place that sells things such as petrol, oil, and spare parts. Service stations often sell food, drink, and other goods.
2 n-count A service station is a place beside a motorway where you can buy petrol and other things, or have a meal.
in AM, use rest area
space station ( space stations plural ) A space station is a place built for astronauts to live and work in, which is sent into space and then keeps going around the earth. n-count
station wagon ( station wagons plural ) A station wagon is a car with a long body, a door at the rear, and space behind the back seats.
in BRIT, use estate car
way station ( way stations plural )
1 n-count A way station is a place where people stop to eat and rest when they are on a long journey.
2 n-count A way station is a small station between two large stations on a railway.
weather station ( weather stations plural ) A weather station is a place where facts about the weather are recorded and studied. n-count