Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. facility which sells fuel and lubricants for motor vehicles.
A filling station is a facility that sells fuel and engine lubricants for motor vehicles. The most common fuels sold in the 2010s are gasoline (gasoline or gas in the U.S. and Canada, generally petrol elsewhere) and diesel fuel. A filling station that sells only electric energy is also known as a charging station, while a typical filling station can also be known as a fuelling station, garage (South Africa and United Kingdom), gasbar (Canada), gas station (United States, Canada and Pakistan), petrol pump or petrol bunk (India), petrol garage, petrol station (Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa and United Kingdom), service station (Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom), a services (United Kingdom), or servo (Australia).
Fuel dispensers are used to pump petrol/gasoline, diesel, Compressed natural gas, CGH2, HCNG, LPG, Liquid hydrogen, kerosene, alcohol fuel (like methanol, ethanol, butanol, propanol), biofuels (like straight vegetable oil, biodiesel), or other types of fuel into the tanks within vehicles and calculate the financial cost of the fuel transferred to the vehicle. Fuel dispensers are also known as bowsers (in some parts of Australia), petrol pumps (in most Commonwealth countries) or gas pumps (in North America). Besides fuel dispensers, one other significant device which is also found in filling stations and can refuel certain (compressed-air) vehicles is an air compressor, although generally these are just used to inflate car tyres. Also, many filling stations incorporate a convenience store, which like most other buildings generally have electricity sockets; hence plug-in electric vehicles can be recharged.
The convenience stores found in filling stations typically sell candy, soda/pop, snacks and, in some cases, a small selection of grocery items. Some also sell propane or butane and have added shops to their primary business. Conversely, some chain stores, such as supermarkets, discount superstores, warehouse clubs, or traditional convenience stores, have provided filling stations on the premises.
filling Station is an experimental literary magazine published in Calgary, Alberta, founded in 1993. filling Station publishes three issues per year filled with innovative poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, interviews, book reviews, and visual art. By consistently providing a contrast to more traditional literary and arts journals, filling Station remains unique among literary magazines both in Canada. The editorial board of the magazine has always been composed of volunteers, most of whom are writers or artists. Many emerging writers from Calgary have at one time volunteered on filling Station's board or editorial collective (for instance, derek beaulieu, Natalie Zina Walschots, Natalie Simpson, Jani Krulc and Helen Hajnoczky).
filling Station is one of the few literary magazines in Canada that publishes literature from other languages in translation. It is also one of the few literary magazines in Canada that receives no university funding.