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[stawnch] /stɔntʃ/
verb (used with or without object), noun
stanch1 . Unabridged
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  • This she strapped down so tightly that, for the time at least, the bleeding was staunched.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • A bullet has entered his forehead, but the blood is staunched by the dust of the road.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • I have staunched and bandaged the wound, and you will be better soon.

    The Dash for Khartoum George Alfred Henty
  • He eased his pain, staunched the black blood from the wound, and gave him new strength.

    The Iliad Homer
  • Then Joseph bled at the nose, so that he might not by no means be staunched.

    A Knyght Ther Was Robert F. Young
  • It had staunched the life-blood of its wearer upon the 13th.

  • The leak was staunched, but nothing could be more precarious.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • When he had staunched the blood, Mrs. Dodd sank half fainting in her chair.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for staunched


loyal, firm, and dependable: a staunch supporter
solid or substantial in construction
(rare) (of a ship, etc) watertight; seaworthy
Derived Forms
staunchly, adverb
staunchness, noun
Word Origin
C15: (originally: watertight): from Old French estanche, from estanchier to stanch


verb, noun
a variant spelling of stanch
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Word Origin and History for staunched



early 15c., "impervious to water," from Old French estanche "firm, watertight," fem. of estanc "dried, exhausted, wearied, vanquished," from Vulgar Latin *stanticare, probably from Latin stans (genitive stantis), present participle of stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense of "strong, substantial" first recorded mid-15c.; of persons, "standing firm and true to one's principles" from 1620s.

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