Definition of stanchion in English:



  • An upright bar, post, or frame forming a support or barrier.

    • ‘The massive stanchions that had supported the crane gantry rails in the past now support the new steel-framed structures.’
    • ‘The next day the folks working the tow line lowered all the stanchions on the back of the carts to increase the angle of attack.’
    • ‘But on a snowy night in the early 1980's, a car skidded into a stanchion, which hit him in the back.’
    • ‘They acted as an anchorage for the stanchions which, standing on the seabed, supported the harbours.’
    • ‘The overhead power lines caused problems because stanchions supporting them were too far apart and cheap materials had been used.’
    • ‘She then flew into a rage when the car hit a stanchion.’
    • ‘Tensioning the cable results in an uplift force at each of the stanchions.’
    • ‘By the time police managed to get on board from their patrol inflatable, he had caused £21,467 damage to the cruiser and £200 damage to a mooring stanchion.’
    • ‘A hollow forged aluminum crown and 30 mm stanchions help keep grams off while still offering maximum rigidity.’
    • ‘Her leash was tied to a stanchion on the wall, preventing her from moving more than a few feet in any direction.’
    • ‘A youth crouches on a stanchion under York's new Millennium Bridge - some 15 feet above the bank and the swirling waters of the River Ouse.’
    • ‘This system enables the climbers to remain attached to the bridge at all times, without the need to unclip the safety rope each time it reaches a stanchion.’
    • ‘There is barely a scrap of bare metal on the stanchions, pillars, posts, railings, and decking ribs.’
    • ‘In the latest incident hundreds of pounds' damage had been caused by louts swinging on the railings, pulling the stanchions away and damaging the old stones.’
    • ‘The back of my left thigh hit the stanchion.’
    • ‘With a light snow falling, he had driven on perhaps a hundred yards before his car hit a stanchion at slow speed and came to rest.’
    • ‘A jet skier who crashed into a stanchion on Blackpool North Pier may have had a heart attack, an inquest has heard.’
    • ‘Wisteria is wrapped around the porch stanchions; a squirrel is running along the top of the chain-link fence surrounding a decent-sized garden.’
    • ‘The remains of the suicide vehicle was lying across a ditch near the stanchions of the flyover.’
    • ‘When I got to the life-preserver, it was rusted to the stanchions on which it was hung.’
    pole, stake, upright, shaft, prop, support, picket, strut, pillar, pale, paling, column, piling, standard, stanchion, pylon, stave, rod, newel, baluster, jamb, bollard, mast
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Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French stanchon, from Old French estanchon, from estance a support, probably based on Latin stant- standing, from the verb stare.