from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One of the series of metal or wooden posts on the side of a ship above the rail, which support the ridge-rope to which the outer edges of the awnings are attached when they are spread to cover the decks.
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Sitting in the back seat, very square and firm, with one hand on the awning-stanchion and the wet pouring off his hat and moustache, was the
It was a terrible business from beginning to end; but most of all when the 'rickshaw had to squeeze between the wall and the tonga, and she saw by the lamp-light that thin, yellow hand grasping the awning-stanchion.