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stanch

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[ stawnch, stanch, stahnch ]
/ stɔntʃ, stæntʃ, stɑntʃ /
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verb (used with object)
to stop the flow of (a liquid, especially blood).
to stop the flow of blood or other liquid from (a wound, leak, etc.).
Archaic. to check, allay, or extinguish.
verb (used without object)
to stop flowing, as blood; be stanched.
noun
Also called flash-lock, navigation weir . a lock that, after being partially emptied, is opened suddenly to send a boat over a shallow place with a rush of water.
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Also staunch [stawnch] /stɔntʃ/ .

Origin of stanch

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First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English stanchen, staunchen (verb) <Old French estanchier “to close, stop, slake (thirst),” from Vulgar Latin stanticāre (unattested), equivalent to Latin stant- (stem of stāns, present participle of stāre to stand) + -icāre causative suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM stanch

stanch·a·ble, adjectivestancher, nounun·stanch·a·ble, adjective

Other definitions for stanch (2 of 2)

stanch2
[ stawnch, stahnch, stanch ]
/ stɔntʃ, stɑntʃ, stæntʃ /

adjective, stanch·er, stanch·est.

OTHER WORDS FROM stanch

stanchly, adverbstanchness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for stanch

stanch

staunch (stɔːntʃ)

/ (stɑːntʃ) /

verb
to stem the flow of (a liquid, esp blood) or (of a liquid) to stop flowing
to prevent the flow of a liquid, esp blood, from (a hole, wound, etc)
an archaic word for assuage
noun
a primitive form of lock in which boats are carried over shallow parts of a river in a rush of water released by the lock

Derived forms of stanch

stanchable or staunchable, adjectivestancher or stauncher, noun

Word Origin for stanch

C14: from Old French estanchier, from Vulgar Latin stanticāre (unattested) to cause to stand, from Latin stāre to stand, halt
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