station

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a building used for a particular purpose, e.g. a research station or railway station

Agriculture

  • noun a very large farm, specialising in raising sheep or cattle

Computing

  • noun a point in a network or communications system which contains devices to control the input and output of messages, allowing it to be used as a sink or source

Construction

  • A point on the earth's surface that can be determined by surveying.
  • On a survey traverse, particularly a roadway, every 100' interval is called a station.

Electronics

  • A place, facility, site, or position where something is placed, installed, or is otherwise located.
  • A station (1) where communications equipment is situated. For instance, a receiving station, a transmitting station, a land station, or a ship station.
  • A station (2) within a radiocommunications service in which TV, radio, or other signals intended for reception by the general public are received, transmitted, or retransmitted. Also called broadcasting station.
  • A place designated for study, observation, measurement, testing, or the like. For example, a radar station.
  • Any place along a communications network or system where there is a signal input or output.
  • A computer input/output device which incorporates a video adapter, monitor, keyboard, and usually a mouse. Used in networks. Also called terminal (1), computer terminal (1), network terminal (1), or console (3). When such a terminal has no processing capability it is called dumb terminal, while a terminal that incorporates a CPU and memory does have processing capability, and is called intelligent terminal.
  • A personal computer or workstation which is linked to a network. Also called terminal (2), computer terminal (2), or network terminal (2).

Information & Library Science

  • noun a point in a network at which work can be input to the main system

Media Studies

  • noun a place equipped to make and broadcast radio or television programmes
  • noun a television or radio channel

Military

  • noun a place where soldiers are based
  • noun a base location for an air force grouping
  • noun a regular stopping place on a railway line
  • verb to send a serviceperson to serve in a particular location

Travel

  • noun the regular place where someone works
  • noun a place in a hotel, shop or other workplace where a service is available

Origin & History of “station”

A station is etymologically a ‘standing’, hence a ‘place for standing’ – a guard who takes up his ‘station’ outside a building goes and ‘stands’ there. The word comes via Old French station from Latin statiō ‘standing’, a descendant of the base *stā- ‘stand’ (to which English stand is related). Various metaphorical senses emerged in Latin, such as ‘post, job’ and ‘abode, residence’, but ‘stopping place for vehicles’ is a post-Latin development. It came out of an earlier ‘stopping place on a journey’, and is first recorded in English at the end of the 18th century, in the USA, with reference to coach routes. The application to ‘railway stations’ dates from the 1830s. The notion of ‘standing still’ is preserved in the derived adjective stationary (15th c.).
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