Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To stop or check the flow of (blood or tears, for example).
  • transitive v. To stop the flow of blood from (a wound).
  • transitive v. To stop, check, or allay: "My anxiety is stanched; I am at peace” ( Scott Turow). See Usage Note at staunch1.
  • adj. Variant of staunch1. See Usage Note at staunch1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To stop the flow of.
  • v. To prop; to make stanch, or strong.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Strong and tight; sound; firm.
  • adj. Firm in principle; constant and zealous; loyal; hearty; steady; steadfast.
  • adj. Close; secret; private.
  • n. That which stanches or checks.
  • n. A flood gate by which water is accumulated, for floating a boat over a shallow part of a stream by its release.
  • intransitive v. To cease, as the flowing of blood.
  • transitive v. To stop the flowing of, as blood; to check; also, to stop the flowing of blood from.
  • transitive v. To extinguish; to quench, as fire or thirst.
  • transitive v. To prop; to make stanch, or strong.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cause to cease flowing; check the flow of.
  • To stop a flow from; dry, as a wound, by the application of a styptic.
  • To quench; allay; assuage.
  • To free; relieve: with of.
  • To stop flowing; be stanched.
  • To stop; cease.
  • Dry; free from water; water-tight; sound: said of a vessel.
  • Strong; firm.
  • Sound and trustworthy; true: applied to hounds with reference to their keeping the scent.
  • Sound or firm in principle; loyal; hearty; trustworthy.
  • Synonyms Stout, steadfast, resolute, stable, unwavering.
  • n. That which stanches; that which quenches or allays.
  • n. A flood-gate in a river for accumulating a head of water to float boats over shallows; a weir. See stank.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. stop the flow of a liquid

Etymologies

Middle English stanchen, from Old French estanchier, from Vulgar Latin *stanticāre, to stop, probably from Latin stāns, stant-, present participle of stāre, to stand.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • All of them say the same thing, that stanch is the more common verbal spelling and that staunch is the more common adjectival spelling, but that the two are interchangeable.

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  • And at his call the stanch hearts unite into one great, strong heart, deep and sensitive as a silver bell not yet cast.

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  • I believe she could have a great charity, that no evil-doing would dismay her: "stanch" sums her up.

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  • However, given their poor track record in maintaining, let alone growing, their market share, it seems unlikely that mainline Protestant congregations such as the UCC will stanch the flow of young people out of religion.

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  • Fail to stanch the flow of illegal aliens across the Mexican-United States border.

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