or work sta·tion

[ wurk-stey-shuh n ]
/ ˈwɜrkˌsteɪ ʃən /


a work or office area assigned to one person, often one accommodating a computer terminal or other electronic equipment.
a computer terminal or personal computer connected to a mainframe or network.
a powerful personal computer, often with a high-resolution display, used for computer-aided design, electronic publishing, or other graphics-intensive processing.

Nearby words

  1. workshopper,
  2. workshy,
  3. worksite,
  4. worksop,
  5. workspace,
  6. workstream,
  7. worktable,
  8. worktop,
  9. workup,
  10. workwear

Origin of workstation

First recorded in 1930–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for work station

work station


an area in an office where one person works
computing a device or component of an electronic office system consisting of a display screen and keyboard used to handle electronic office work
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Word Origin and History for work station



also work-station, 1950, from work (n.) + station. Computer sense is from 1977.

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