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stan·chion  (stnchn, -shn)
1. An upright pole, post, or support.
2. A framework consisting of two or more vertical bars, used to secure cattle in a stall or at a feed trough.
tr.v. stan·chioned, stan·chion·ing, stan·chions
1. To equip with stanchions.
2. To confine (cattle) by means of stanchions.

[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 stre; see st- in Indo-European roots.]

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