stanchion

noun
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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Other Words from stanchion

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

Synonyms for stanchion

Synonyms

column, pier, pilaster, pillar, post

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Examples of stanchion in a Sentence

the stanchion of an arch

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The whole thing is perched on concrete stanchions in a meadow; as with City Hall, one is meant to ascend to a kind of shining city on a hill. Anthony Flint, BostonGlobe.com, "Learning to love the world’s ugliest building," 1 July 2019 Guests will be permitted to venture beyond the museum stanchions with Connecticut Landmarks’ Staff for a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the Phelps’ servant and attic spaces. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 24 July 2019 Nyagah-Nash said her department has reviewed and updated security protocols on validating the identification of employees and visitors, and put new stanchions in four buildings to better direct people toward security desks. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "Security being increased at Baltimore city buildings after fired IT employee gained ‘unfettered access’ to sensitive areas," 16 July 2019 In response, one of the men grabbed a nearby metal stanchion pole and hit the bouncer in the head, fracturing his skull and causing a brain bleed, police said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDPD seeks help to identify suspect in Pacific Beach bouncer assault," 11 July 2019 Guests will be permitted to venture beyond the museum stanchions with Connecticut Landmarks’ Staff for a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the Phelps’ servant and attic spaces. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 10 July 2019 Allen unleashed a swerving bullet that rattled into the top corner of the Coventry goal, clattering off the stanchion and bobbling back out. SI.com, "Frank Lampard's 'Ghost Goal' Against Germany & the 8 Infamous Goals That Never Were," 27 June 2019 Guests will be permitted to venture beyond the museum stanchions with Connecticut Landmarks’ Staff for a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the Phelps’ servant and attic spaces. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 26 June 2019 The man had driven through the drive-through at Burger King, then over parking stanchions, and ended up on the entry drive to the auto repair shop. cleveland.com, "Wife initially refuses to pick up intoxicated husband at police station: Fairview Park Police Blotter," 7 June 2019

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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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stand

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stanchion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stanchion

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

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