way station



a station intermediate between principal stations, as on a railroad.

Origin of way station

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
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Examples from the Web for way station

Historical Examples of way station

  • Momentary gratification is only a way-station, not the journey's end.

  • How many of you could have missed seeing a party of nine get off at a way-station on this line?


    Earle Ashley Walcott

  • But all through the long and tedious journey ending at the little Arizona way-station, Stratton fumed and fretted and wondered.

    Shoe-Bar Stratton

    Joseph Bushnell Ames

  • Joe Ferris was the first to greet him after he crossed the border at a way-station at six o'clock in the morning.

  • For a union station, no matter how big or how pretentious it may be architecturally, will reduce a city to way-station dimensions.