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

Synonyms for stanchion


column, pier, pilaster, pillar, post

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Examples of stanchion in a Sentence

the stanchion of an arch

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Under President Obama, there was some inkling that Iran might become the new stanchion of stability. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "On Saudi Arabia, Trump Has a Clue," 23 Nov. 2018 But their crowds can be an order of magnitude smaller, and those garages are usually set up under awnings between transporters, separated from the public by retractable nylon stanchions. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Open mind, wide open throttle: We go to our first NASCAR race," 15 Nov. 2018 Stainless-steel tubing; end caps; stanchions—Go2marine (R); House Beautiful, "June 2011 Issue Product Guide," 2 Jan. 2011 The mood was solemn and subdued as those in attendance filed peacefully through a zigzag of stanchions filling the center floor. New York Times, "XXXTentacion Is Mourned by Thousands at a Memorial in Florida," 27 June 2018 But under the concrete stanchions supporting the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge lies an oasis for skateboarders: The Lynch Family Skatepark. Amelia Nierenberg,, "Lynch Family Skatepark offers teenagers discipline, camaraderie, freedom," 2 July 2018 And in case any of his players forget, the first-year head coach had those three words emblazoned on a track and field hurdle that is kept in the middle of the Cardinals’ locker room, protected by four stanchions with velvet rope. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford happy to mentor Josh Rosen," 23 June 2018 The following video clip shows Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns dunking from the basket stanchion angle. Ben Golliver,, "Putting the NBA in Virtual Reality to the Test," 20 Apr. 2018 But that wing is hollow, with airflow through each of its stanchions controlled by an electric motor—and there’s a similar system in the front spoiler to balance front–rear lift. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Future of Automotive Aerodynamics," 19 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of stanchion

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

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