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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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 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); go2marine.com. House Beautiful, "June 2011 Issue Product Guide," 2 Jan. 2011

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stanchion

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

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