Stanch definition

stônch, stänch
To stop the flow of.

A small amount of cotton can be stuffed into the nose to stanch the flow of blood if necessary.

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(intransitive) To cease, as the flowing of blood.
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To prop; to make stanch, or strong.
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To extinguish; to quench, as fire or thirst.
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That which stanches or checks.
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A floodgate by which water is accumulated, for floating a boat over a shallow part of a stream by its release.

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Strong and tight; sound; firm.

A stanch ship.

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Firm in principle; constant and zealous; loyal; hearty; steadfast.

A stanch churchman; a stanch friend or adherent.

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Close; secret; private.
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To stop or check the flow of (blood or tears, for example).
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To stop the flow of blood from (a wound).
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To stop, check, or allay.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
stanch
Superlative:
stanchest

Origin of stanch

  • Middle English stanchen from Old French estanchier from Vulgar Latin stanticāre to stop probably from Latin stāns stant- present participle of stāre to stand stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • See staunch.

    From Wiktionary