• WordNet 3.6
    • n stanchion any vertical post or rod used as a support
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stanchion (Arch) A prop or support; a piece of timber in the form of a stake or post, used for a support or stay.
    • Stanchion A vertical bar for confining cattle in a stall.
    • Stanchion (Naut) Any upright post or beam used as a support, as for the deck, the quarter rails, awnings, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stanchion A post, pillar, or beam used for a support, as a piece of timber supporting one of the main parts of a roof; a prop. Specifically— One of the upright iron bars passing through the eyes of the saddle-bars and forming part of the armature steadying the lead lights of a large window-bay.
    • n stanchion One of the upright bars in a stall for cattle.
    • n stanchion In ship-building, an upright post or beam of different forms, used to support the deck, the rails, the nettings, awnings, etc.
    • n stanchion plural In milit. engin., one of the upright side-pieces of a gallery-frame.
    • stanchion To fasten to or by a stanchion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stanchion stan′shun an upright iron bar of a window or screen:
    • v.t Stanchion to fasten by means of or to a stanchion.—A Scotch form is Stan′chel
    • n Stanchion stan′shun (naut.) an upright beam used as a support
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. estanson, estançon, F. étançon, from OF. estance, a stay, a prop, from L. stans, stantis, standing, p. pr. of stare, to stand. See Stand, and cf. Stanza
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. estançonestancer, to stop, estance—Low L. stantia—L. stāre, to stand.


In literature:

I saw the girl standing braced beside a stanchion, staring over the ship's side.
"The Winged Men of Orcon" by David R. Sparks
At noon he had given up hope and stood leaning against a stanchion in morose contemplation of a school of porpoises.
"Little Miss Grouch" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
The planking or wood-work round a vessel above her deck, and fastened externally to the stanchions and timber-heads.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Secure them to a stanchion.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
He put the cows' heads into the stanchions when each one lumbered into her stall.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
The double gate under the archway was held back by iron stanchions.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
The doors were closed, and the windows were stanchioned with iron.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
Whin they were goin' again I saw me assistant houldin' to a stanchion.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
Four stanchions ahead, the mist was noticeable.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
When he looked up, Murphy made a frantic grab for the stanchion, then relaxed.
"Sjambak" by John Holbrook Vance

In poetry:

Its shaded avenues were wide,
And closely bordered either side
With cottages or mansions,
Or marked by blocks of masonry
That might defy a century
To loosen from their stanchions.
"Mysterious" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Here again, you can attach the lower edge of the " net " to a third lifeline stretched taut between the pulpit socket and the first stanchion base.
Outside No 77, site of the legendary Mudd Club, the brass stanchions and velvet ropes were set up once again.
Lifeline stanchions are a primary line of defense in crew-overboard prevention.
The stanchions, many, where we wait.
Teepees in the woods, dams in the creek, forts in the haymows, gymnastics on the stanchions.
In the next several weeks, Bill Post, 44, of Chandler, Minn. Will transition away from milking in stanchions and go to robot milking.
Randy Beard was a stanchion at the largest flag company in the country, a man with a personality like a John Philip Sousa song.