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Meaning of STANCH

Pronunciation:  stonch

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  as of the flow of a liquid flowing, such as blood from a wound

STANCH is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: halt, staunch, stem
 See Also: check



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Stanch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stanched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Stanching}.] [OF. estanchier, F. ['e]tancher 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}.]
    1. To stop the flowing of, as blood; to check; also, to stop
       the flowing of blood from; as, to stanch a wound. [Written
       also {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. [Obs.]
  2. \Stanch\, v. i.
    To cease, as the flowing of blood.
          Immediately her issue of blood stanched. --Luke viii.
  3. \Stanch\, n.
    1. That which stanches or checks. [Obs.]
    2. A flood gate by which water is accumulated, for floating a
       boat over a shallow part of a stream by its release.
  4. \Stanch\, a. [Compar. {Stancher}; superl. {Stanchest}.]
    [From {Stanch}, v. t., and hence literally signifying,
    stopped or stayed; cf. Sp. estanco stopped, tight, not leaky,
    as a ship. See {Stanch}, v. t.] [Written also {staunch}.]
    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. --V. Knox.
             In politics I hear you 're stanch.    --Prior.
    3. Close; secret; private. [Obs.]
             This to be kept stanch.               --Locke.
  5. \Stanch\, v. t.
    To prop; to make stanch, or strong.
          His gathered sticks to stanch the wall Of the snow
          tower when snow should fall.             --Emerson.