stanchion

noun

stan·​chion ˈstan-chən How to pronounce stanchion (audio)
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)
stanchioned adjective

Examples of stanchion in a Sentence

the stanchion of an arch
Recent Examples on the Web The remaining piece of debris, a stanchion, weighs 1.6 pounds, NASA said. Terry Castleman, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2024 Although the stanchion partly melted, enough survived to create a potentially harmful impact. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 16 Apr. 2024 The Key Bridge was finished in 1977, before regulations were passed requiring barriers to be constructed around stanchions. Troy Aidan Sambajon, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Mar. 2024 The Anatomy of a Fall best actress nominee wasn’t in the zone long because Wicked star Cynthia Erivo grabbed her hand and pulled her close to a stanchion. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Mar. 2024 Standing at the back of the concessions line, which even at 3:30 a.m. continued to snake beyond the stanchions, Bakalli smiled. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 1 Mar. 2024 Visitors are admitted in groups that snake around stanchions flanked with huge images of astronauts and their personal stories. John Wenzel, The Denver Post, 13 Feb. 2024 Look at the design of the shelters at the stations, with their bold stanchions, curved roofs surmounted by heavy finials. Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 Trees swayed, flags pulled against their fastenings and metal traffic signs twisted from side to side on their stanchions, as the west wind swept without limits or restraints down the streets and avenues of the city. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stanchion was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stanchion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stanchion. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

stanchion

noun
stan·​chion ˈstan-chən How to pronounce stanchion (audio)
1
: an upright bar, post, or support
2
: a device that fits loosely around an animal's neck and limits forward and backward motion (as in a stall)
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