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stanch

verb \ ˈstȯnch , ˈstänch , ˈstanch \
variants: or play \ˈstȯnch, ˈstänch\
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of stanch

transitive verb
1 :to check or stop the flowing of
  • stanched her tears
; also :to stop the flow of blood from (a wound)
2 archaic :allay, extinguish
3 a :to stop or check in its course
  • trying to stanch the crime wave
b :to make watertight :stop up

stancher

noun

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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


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stanch

adjective \ ˈstȯnch , ˈstänch , ˈstanch \

Less common spelling of

b :strongly built :substantial
2 :steadfast in loyalty or principle
  • a staunch friend

STANCH Defined for English Language Learners

stanch

verb

Definition of stanch for English Language Learners

  • : to stop something (especially blood) from flowing


Medical Dictionary

stanch

transitive verb
variants: also staunch play \ˈstȯnch, ˈstänch\

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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