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[suhb-stey-shuh n]
  1. a branch of a main post office.
  2. an auxiliary power station where electrical current is converted, as from AC to DC, voltage is stepped up or down, etc.
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Origin of substation

First recorded in 1885–90; sub- + station
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British Dictionary definitions for substation


  1. a subsidiary station
  2. an installation at which electricity is received from one or more power stations for conversion from alternating to direct current, reducing the voltage, or switching before distribution by a low-tension network
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Word Origin and History for substation


1881, in the policing sense, from sub- + station (n.). Power grid sense is attested from 1901.

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