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Did You Know?
The verb "stanch" has a lot in common with the adjective staunch, meaning "steadfast." Not only do both words derive from the Anglo-French word estancher (which has the same meaning as "stanch"), but the spelling "s-t-a-n-c-h" is sometimes used for the adjective, and the spelling "s-t-a-u-n-c-h" is sometimes used for the verb. Although both spelling variants have been in reputable use for centuries and both are perfectly standard for either the verb or adjective, "stanch" is the form used most often for the verb and "staunch" is the most common variant for the adjective.
Origin and Etymology of stanch
Middle English staunchen, from Anglo-French estancher, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *stanticare, from Latin stant-, stans, present participle
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
STANCH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stanch for English Language Learners
: to stop something (especially blood) from flowing
Medical Definition of stanch
: to check or stop the flowing of stanch bleeding; also : to stop the flow of blood from stanch a wound
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