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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Definitions for stanchless

  1. incessant: a stanchless torrent of words.
  2. not to be stanched.

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Citations for stanchless
The flow of his language was slow, but steady and apparently stanchless. Aldous Huxley, After Many a Summer Dies the Swan, 1939
The machine can only repeat, and if we repeated we should be machines and untrue to the stanchless creative mystery of the life within us. H. F. Heard, "Wingless Victories," The Great Fog and Other Weird Tales, 1944
Origin of stanchless
1595-1605
English stanchless is an awkward, uncommon word. Its meaning is obvious: “unable to be stanched.” Stanch comes from the Old French verb estanchier “to close, stop” and is probably from an unattested Vulgar Latin verb stanticāre, equivalent to Latin stant- (stem of stāns, the present participle of stāre “to stand”) and the causative suffix -icāre; stanticare means “to make stand or stop.” Stanchless entered English in the 17th century.