Definition of Stanch

1. Verb. Stop the flow of a liquid. "Stem the tide"

Exact synonyms: Halt, Staunch, Stem
Generic synonyms: Check
Derivative terms: Halt

Definition of Stanch

1. v. t. To stop the flowing of, as blood; to check; also, to stop the flowing of blood from; as, to stanch a wound.

2. v. i. To cease, as the flowing of blood.

3. n. That which stanches or checks.

4. a. Strong and tight; sound; firm; as, a stanch ship.

5. v. t. To prop; to make stanch, or strong.

Definition of Stanch

1. Verb. To stop the flow of. ¹

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Definition of Stanch

1. staunch [adj STANCHER, STANCHEST] / to stop the flow of blood from [v -ED, -ING, -ES] - See also: staunch

Medical Definition of Stanch

1. 1. Strong and tight; sound; firm; as, a stanch ship. "One of the closets is parqueted with plain deal, set in diamond, exceeding stanch and pretty." (Evelyn) 2. Firm in principle; constant and zealous; loyal; hearty; steady; steadfast; as, a stanch churchman; a stanch friend or adherent. "In politics I hear you 're stanch." (Prior) 3. Close; secret; private. "This to be kept stanch." (Locke) Origin: From Stanch, and hence literally signifying, stopped or stayed; cf. Sp. Estanco stopped, tight, not leaky, as a ship. See Stanch Alternative forms: staunch. 1. To stop the flowing of, as blood; to check; also, to stop the flowing of blood from; as, to stanch a wound. Alternative forms: staunch] "Iron or a stone laid to the neck doth stanch the bleeding of the nose." (Bacon) 2. To extinguish; to quench, as fire or thirst. Origin: OF. Estanchier, F. Etancher to stpo a liquid from flowing; akin to Pr, Sp, & Pg. Estancar, It. Stancare to weary, LL. Stancare, stagnare, to stanch, fr. L. Stagnare to be or make stagnant. See Stagnate. To cease, as the flowing of blood. "Immediately her issue of blood stanched." (Luke viii. 44) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Stanch

stamping ground
stamping grounds
stamping machine
stamping mill
stamping out
stamps out
stanch (current term)

Literary usage of Stanch

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary for Primary Schools by Noah Webster (1838)
"stanch, vt to stop, as flowing stanch, a. firm, sound, strong. ... n. that which stanch'-ing, ppr. stopping the from flowing. [stanches. flowing of blood. ..."

2. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"He ended, and Apollo heard his prayer, And stay'd the pain, and from the baleful wound stanch'd the black blood, and breathed new strength upon him. ..."

3. The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott (1900)
"... he marvelled a knight of pride Like a book-bosomed priest should ride: 90 He thought not to search or stanch the wound Until the secret he had found. ..."

4. Works by Washington Irving (1857)
"... the Passaic — Assistance Sought from Various Quarters— Correspondences and Schemes of Lee — Heath stanch to his Instructions — Anxiety of George Clinton ..."

5. A History of American Literature by Moses Coit Tyler (1878)
"Samuel Mather—His days and deeds—A stanch patriot—The end of the dynasty. I. IN the year 1634, the Archbishop of York, being of an honest mind to snip the ..."

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