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 for Station master
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Station \Sta"tion\ (st[=a]"sh[u^]n), 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.]
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              A station like the herald, Mercury.   --Shak.
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              Their manner was to stand at prayer, whereupon their
              meetings unto that purpose . . . had the names of
              stations given them.                  --Hooker.
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     2. A state of standing or rest; equilibrium. [Obs.]
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              All progression is performed by drawing on or
              impelling forward some part which was before in
              station, or at quiet.                 --Sir T.
                                                    Browne.
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     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 or defensive measures.
            --Wilhelm (Mil. Dict.).
        (h) (Mining) An enlargement in a shaft or galley, used as
            a landing, or passing place, or for the accommodation
            of a pump, tank, etc.
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     4. Post assigned; office; the part or department of public
        duty which a person is appointed to perform; sphere of
        duty or occupation; employment.
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              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.
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     5. Situation; position; location.
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              The fig and date -- why love they to remain
              In middle station, and an even plain? --Prior.
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     6. State; rank; condition of life; social status.
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              The greater part have kept, I see,
              Their station.                        --Milton.
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              They in France of the best rank and station. --Shak.
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     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.
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     8. 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.
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     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.
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     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.
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