Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An upright pole, post, or support.
  • n. A framework consisting of two or more vertical bars, used to secure cattle in a stall or at a feed trough.
  • transitive v. To equip with stanchions.
  • transitive v. To confine (cattle) by means of stanchions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A vertical pole, post, or support.
  • n. A framework of such posts, used to secure or confine cattle.
  • v. To erect stanchions, or equip something with stanchions.
  • v. To confine by means of stanchions, typically used for cattle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A prop or support; a piece of timber in the form of a stake or post, used for a support or stay.
  • n. Any upright post or beam used as a support, as for the deck, the quarter rails, awnings, etc.
  • n. A vertical bar for confining cattle in a stall.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fasten to or by a stanchion.
  • n. 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.
  • n. One of the upright bars in a stall for cattle.
  • n. In ship-building, an upright post or beam of different forms, used to support the deck, the rails, the nettings, awnings, etc.
  • n. plural In milit. engin., one of the upright side-pieces of a gallery-frame.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any vertical post or rod used as a support

Etymologies

Middle English stanchon, from Old French estanchon, probably from estance, act of standing upright, prop, from estans, present participle of ester, to stand, from Latin stāre.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French estanson, estanchon, (Modern French étançon), from estance ("a stay, a prop"), from Latin stans ("standing"), present participle of stō. (Wiktionary)

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