stanch (stanches, present participle stanching; past and past participle stanched)
- (transitive) To stop the flow of.
- A small amount of cotton can be stuffed into the nose to stanch the flow of blood if necessary.
- 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
- Iron or a stone laid to the neck doth stanch the bleeding of the nose.
- Beijing devotes immense resources to restricting access for and stanching scrutiny from international groups and reporters.
- (intransitive) To cease, as the flowing of blood.
- (transitive) To prop; to make stanch, or strong.
- His gathered sticks to stanch the wall / Of the snow tower when snow should fall.
- To extinguish; to quench, as fire or thirst.
- Russian: остана́вливать
stanch (plural stanches)
- That which stanches or checks a flow.
- A floodgate by which water is accumulated, for floating a boat over a shallow part of a stream by its release.
stanch (comparative stancher, superlative stanchest)
- Strong and tight; sound; firm.
- a stanch ship
- One of the closets is parqueted with plain deal, set in diamond, exceeding stanch and pretty.
- Firm in principle; constant and zealous; loyal; hearty; steadfast.
- a stanch churchman; a stanch friend or adherent
- In politics I hear you're stanch.
- Close; secret; private.
- 1693, [John Locke], “§107”, in Some Thoughts Concerning Education, London: […] A[wnsham] and J[ohn] Churchill, […], OCLC 1161614482 ↗:
- this is to be kept very stanch