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base station (plural base stations)

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  1. (surveying) A GPS receiver at known fixed location, used to derive correction information for nearby portable GPS receivers.
  2. (computing, networking) A radio receiver/transmitter that serves as the hub of the local wireless network, and may also be the gateway between a wired network and the wireless network.
  3. (radio) A wireless communications station installed at a fixed location and used to communicate as part of a two-way radio system or wireless telephone system.