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 stanchion (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of stanchion in a Sentence

the stanchion of an arch
Recent Examples on the Web The cutter sustained a bent stanchion and some bent handrails, according to the Coast Guard, while Cod received a tiny nick in its bow stem. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 15 June 2021 One man is seen swinging a gold stanchion at others before he is thrown against a car and beaten by several. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, 21 May 2021 Joe Ingles tossed a ball at the padded stanchion after being fouled. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2021 The freeze-frame image tweeted from ESPN’s SportsCenter account of Leonard, Morris and George glowering at Kleber, with his back against the basket stanchion and only his left leg visible in the frame, certainly seems to be bulletin-board worthy. Dallas News, 24 May 2021 One man swings a metal stanchion at the attackers, who then push him against a car and punch and kick him, the video shows. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 Chicago's Brent Seabrook fired the puck into the Wild zone, the puck caromed off a metal stanchion, and there was Patrick Kane, Johnny-on-the-spot to put a backhander under the crossbar for the overtime winner and series clincher. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, 20 May 2021 With the game tied 1-1 in the 6A regional quarterfinals, the lighting stanchion on the third-base side short circuited. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 14 May 2021 After stopping his momentum at the stanchion, Love glared at official Courtney Kirkland. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2021

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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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21 Jul 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of stanchion

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


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