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stanchion

[stan-shuh n]
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noun
  1. an upright bar, beam, post, or support, as in a window, stall, ship, etc.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to furnish with stanchions.
  2. to secure by or to a stanchion or stanchions.
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Origin of stanchion

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
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Historical Examples

  • To the glory of man we will stanchion, and raise and roof it anew.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • It seemed to him he remained there precariously alone with the stanchion for a long, long time.

    Typhoon

    Joseph Conrad

  • She was not lashed either, except that her painter was fast to a stanchion.

    Labrador Days

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

  • “Looks as if he had run against a stanchion in the dark,” I observed.

  • She grasped a stanchion and clung there, staring at him with a wild, white face.


British Dictionary definitions for stanchion

stanchion

noun
  1. any vertical pole, rod, etc, used as a support
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verb
  1. (tr) to provide or support with a stanchion or stanchions
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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 stanchion

n.

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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