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
- 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.
- To fasten to or by a stanchion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any vertical post or rod used as a support
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)