- 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.
- to stop flowing, as blood; be stanched.
- 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.
Origin of stanch1
Examples from the Web for stanch
A neighbor tried in vain to stanch the bleeding with a towel.Chicago’s Gun-Toting Gang Girl: ‘Lil Snoop’
April 29, 2014
In a swift move to stanch the controversy, Governor Rockefeller demanded the piece be removed.The Most Wanted Warhol: A Scandal at the 1964 World’s Fair
April 25, 2014
But Clapper has also failed fundamentally to stanch the leakage of secrets so emblematic of his tenure atop the community.Spy Chief James Clapper: We Can’t Stop Another Snowden
February 24, 2014
The Obama administration began 2009 with an aggressive stimulus to stanch the rapid deterioration of the economy.Larry Summers’ Impossible Stimulus Dream
June 14, 2011
She was a stanch five-year-old, and she had roamed the mountains about Pop's place at will.Way of the Lawless
The Forward will be a stanch ship and she will carry good engines.
After all, he was a stanch friend, and he braved no common dangers in his pursuit.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
She reserved articles she presented to her stanch friend, Kate O'Brien.The Masked Bridal
Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
Meanwhile we laid him on his bed, and I did what I could to stanch the bleeding and ease his suffering.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
- 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for stanch
"to stop the flow of" (especially of blood), c.1300, from Old French estanchier "cause to cease flowing, stop, hinder," from Vulgar Latin *stancare, perhaps contracted from *stagnicare, from Latin stagnum "pond, pool" (see stagnate).