stan·​chion | \ ˈstan-chən How to pronounce stanchion (audio) \

Definition of stanchion

1 : an upright bar, post, or support (as for a roof or a ship's deck)
2 : a device that fits loosely around the neck of an animal (such as a cow) and limits forward and backward motion (as in a stall)

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stanchioned \ ˈstan-​chənd How to pronounce stanchioned (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of stanchion in a Sentence

the stanchion of an arch
Recent Examples on the Web The airline has been cleaning kiosks and stanchions in airports more frequently, too. Dallas News, "American Airlines will make flight attendants wear face masks and offer them to passengers," 27 Apr. 2020 Collins blocked the attempt and unleashed a burst of emotion, flexing his arms and slamming the basketball stanchion as the Moda Center went ballistic. Joe Freeman,, "Zach Collins' career night 'is just the start' with Portland Trail Blazers," 11 Apr. 2017 For instance, when Good City Brewing opens, there might be stanchions between each seat at the bar, said David Dupee, one of the brewery's owners. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Whatever it takes': Milwaukee taprooms are looking for ways to reopen smartly, and safely," 8 May 2020 As part of its cleaning regimen, Valley Metro said high-touch areas, such as stanchions, handrails, seat rails and fare boxes, on buses and the light rail fleet are wiped down each day and disinfected several times a week. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Valley Metro to reduce Express and RAPID bus service starting Monday," 31 Mar. 2020 An old cattle barn would eventually become the brewery’s rustic taproom, with shiplap walls, tables crafted from dimensional lumber and tap signs made from old cow stanchions. Leeanne Griffin,, "Hop Culture Farms & Brew, where the hops are homegrown and the beer flies out of the tap room," 30 Sep. 2019 At end-of-the line stations, custodial workers scrub train handrails and stanchions with germicidal wipes, in addition to their routine car washings. Rachel Swan,, "Riding transit? BART, Muni scrubbing more to guard from coronavirus," 5 Mar. 2020 That's when his better half stepped in: Dr. Jill Biden was having none of it and got up from her seat, next to the podium, to help escort the man away from the area roped off by stanchions. Sarah Midkiff,, "Watch Jill Biden Protect Her Husband From A Heckling Fan In New Hampshire," 11 Feb. 2020 In addition, the two stanchions supporting the wing double as air intakes to cool the engine mounted under what appeared to be a tonneau cover on the pickup bed. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "'Flying Car Mode' and other secrets of the 2020 Corvette Stingray," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of stanchion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stanchion

Middle English stanchon, from Anglo-French *stanchun, stançun, alteration of Old French estançon, diminutive of estance stay, prop

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“Stanchion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stanchion

: a strong, upright pole that is used to support something

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