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[stan-shuh n] /ˈstæn ʃən/
an upright bar, beam, post, or support, as in a window, stall, ship, etc.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with stanchions.
to secure by or to a stanchion or stanchions.
Origin of stanchion
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English stanchon < Old French estanchon, equivalent to estanche (variant of estance, probably < Vulgar Latin *stantia, equivalent to Latin stant- (stem of stāns), present participle of stāre to stand + -ia -y3) + -on noun suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stanchions
  • Be attached to stanchions such that pulling on one section of chain will not take up slack in the other sections.
  • Metal stanchions hold collapsible stretchers fitted with heart monitors.
  • For space purposes, the amendment counts only the ground touched by the stanchions holding up the pipe.
  • Since last month, pile drivers have sunk dozens of steel stanchions deep into the sandy loam next door.
  • Sometimes it is a real rope stretched between stanchions.
  • The use of self-locking stanchions did not appear to affect substantially the overall well-being of the cow.
  • Rows of feeding troughs and metal stanchions used for securing the cows for milking are located along these aisles.
  • stanchions shall have density equivalent to wear layer.
  • stanchions shall be constructed of stainless steel tubing.
  • stanchions shall be padded with injection-foam covered tubing.
British Dictionary definitions for stanchions


any vertical pole, rod, etc, used as a support
(transitive) to provide or support with a stanchion or stanchions
Word Origin
C14: from Old French estanchon, from estance, from Vulgar Latin stantia (unattested) a standing, from Latin stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for stanchions



mid-14c., from Old French estanchon "prop, brace, support" (French étançon), probably from estant "upright," from present participle of ester "be upright, stand," from Latin stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).

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